How to Be a Great Storyteller

Once upon a time, a dangerous criminal was captured by a king. He was tried for his crimes and given two choices: death by hanging or passage through a large door with no information about what’s on the other side. The criminal pointed at the rope. As a noose...

How Art Speaks When Words Fail Us

“As you grow up you realize that being honest and straightforward doesn’t mean you blurt out everything that comes into your mind,” explains blogger Tanvi Rastogi. “Either you learn to be diplomatic or, if that route is too political for you, then learn to keep...

Voices in the City School

I posted short journaling activities for my seventh grade students on the board every morning.  Students responded to each statement or question in their writing notebooks when they entered the classroom.  I designed the journaling activities to serve as springboards...

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