October 15, 2019

Your imagination is your freedom

Take a look at this at this youtube video of a TeenTEDX presented by Mukunda Angulo and consider sharing with your students. I suggest it as ‘food for thought’ for middle school learners and up. It’s all about the power of imagination.


Fostering and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

October 14, 2019

Needed more now than ever

This is a video called Raising Creativity and includes clips from many individuals who value creativity in education. It’s a long video put created by an art teacher who has looked closely at her role as an educator and researched the idea extensively. It’s a wonderful documentary that I hope you’ll find useful in your work as an educator, parent, and/or community member.



October 13, 2019

Like and Respect

Teacher 2 Teacher is an online resource that focuses on teachers supporting teachers. This image came through recently from them JUST when I was thinking about the importance of the topic of “liking and respecting” – students and teachers. I couldn’t agree with this more! It is not the first time that T2T images with a thoughtful saying provided me a time to pause and reflect.


Portland Stage

October 12, 2019

Interactive Theatre for social change 

Consider providing a unique opportunity for your students to explore the intersection of art and social history? The Maine State Museum and Maine State Library invites you to join Portland Stage for an interactive Theatre for Social Change workshop exploring the images, concepts, and stories of the women’s suffrage movement. The workshop is designed to put the stories of the movement into the hands and hearts of students, allowing them to examine their personal connection to the struggles and victories of the past.  Each workshop session will begin with an educator-led introduction the museum’s exhibition Women’s Long Road – 100 Years to the Vote.


Theater for Social Change Workshops led by teaching artists from Portland Stage

Cost: FREE!


Monday, October 28 and on Tuesday, October 29 – same workshop each day, choose one date


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, schools are welcome to stay longer and use our atrium space for lunch


Maine State Museum & Maine State Library both located at 230 State Street, Augusta

Who & How Many 

The workshop is designed for middle & high school students; workshops are limited to 30 students per workshop


Joanna Torow, Chief Educator, Maine State Museum Joanna.torow@maine.gov 207-287-6608


In Today’s News

October 11, 2019

2020 Maine Teacher of the Year

Heather Whitaker enters the gymnasium at Gorham Middle School where the student body and faculty cheered for her!

In a ceremony at the Gorham Middle School Heather Whitaker was named the 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year. Heather works closely with  Visual Art educator and Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leader Amy Cousins.

Heather’s nomination included:

“Whitaker is an advocate for and experienced in using restorative practices and experimental learning,” the release said. “She believes in the power of relationships and that learning should be meaningful to students.”

In an articulate and heartfelt speech it was clear that Heather is completely devoted to her students and the success of each and every one of them. She will be an amazing representative in 2020 for all of Maine’s teachers!

READ a bit about Heather and her teaching in the Portland Press Herald.


Monhegan Artist Residents’ Present

October 10, 2019

PechaKucha-Style Event

Katherine Cargile (2019 Resident) – Lewiston Middle School art teacher,The Mariner’s House, 2018, acrylic on panel, 16” x 16″

Join us for a PechaKucha-style event on Saturday, October 26, 5 p.m. at 162 Russell Avenue in Rockport (the former CMCA building). A group of Monhegan Artists’ Residents, including residents from the last two summers, will present slideshows of their work.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from the artists about their time creating work on island and how the experience has informed their current studio practice. Presenting artists include: Kate Cargile (2019), Jennifer Calivas (2019), Sarah Haskell (2018), Raegan Russell (2018), Carol Sloane (2002), and Jude Valentine(2018).

Kate is a Lewiston Middle School art teacher, Raegan teaches art Berwick Academy and Jude is a teaching artist and has done a lot of work with Visual Thinking Strategies.

Watch for the Monhegan Artist Residency opportunity for next summer and consider applying.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Reception to follow. We hope to see you there!


What a Video

October 9, 2019

E.B. White

We know E.B. White as the writer who penned some of our favorite children’s books – Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little. But one thing I didn’t know until recently was that E.B. White (Elwyn Brooks White) who lived July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985 contributed to The New Yorker magazine and he co-authored The Elements of Style. Charlotte’s Web was the number one of 100 children’s books in a 2012 School Library Journal survey.

E.B. White was born in New York but during most of his adult life he lived on a farm in Brooklin, Maine where he wrote most of his beloved children’s books.

Thanks to Bob McIntire for sharing this video that E.B. White created in 1954 called A Maine Lobsterman. It’s a wonderful black and white documentary that provides all the details of lobstering in 1954. Even though it’s been 65 years since the video was produced the basics of lobstering have not changed. This would be a great video to share with students of all ages.

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