1. A Creative Blessing – My beautiful friend and an amazing artist Lori Portka gifted her followers with this heart-felt Creative Blessing. I love the feeling inside of these words. It will adorn the wall of my classroom and the desktop on my computer this year. Maybe yours too? Download it here.
2. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey – I usually find that when my brother recommends a book or tv show I make it through one chapter or an episode and then give up on it. We have different tastes entirely. So when he recommended this zombie book I nearly passed it by. I am glad I didn’t! Now I don’t usually go for ‘zombie’ anything, but when you mix ‘zombie’ with ‘inspiring teacher’ it is hard to turn away. Miss Justineau opens up the world for her hungry students… yes hungry. In fact, Miss Justineau does more then this, she changes their nature. Read it, or at least wait for the movie to come out later this year!
3. This Beautiful Reminder - I actually wish my students in my class would make me a video like this to let me know what I can do to help them more.
4. Giant Colouring-In – Everyone is into adult colouring in at the moment. I can’t say I have my own book (or even time to colour!), but my six year old daughter has one and lately she has been inviting me to sit with her and help her fill the most detailed of pages. As I do this I find she relaxes and begins engaging in deep conversation with me as we choose our colours. I relax too. I can’t do anything else while I colour (I tried and it is impossible!) so the task at hand, and my daughter, have my full attention. When I saw these giant colouring-in posters at Typo I decided I needed one for my classroom. I have set up a colouring-in station at the front of the room and I am going to invite my students to come and contribute during tutor group or lunchtime. When it is complete I am going to hang it on my wall for the year. This has two primary intentions – If the students contribute to the art in the space, they will feel more ownership of the space, or so I hope; By colouring with my students I hope to get to know them more as we begin the year.