Tagged with creative risk-taking

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

Gerbil Uncurled: When the Rules Don’t Work

In our family, road trips mean exploring bookstores. So, naturally, our holiday travels meant time to discover new resources for children of all ages. I know many of the books I share with you are appropriate for elementary-age readers, but I long-ago learned that picture books are not just for children. In fact, I often … Continue reading

Mistakes Have a Lot to Teach Us

Mistakes Have a Lot to Teach Us

Recently in my mosaic class, a relatively new student did something that resulted in her exclaiming, “Oh rats, I did it wrong.” Without thinking, I found myself responding, “There are no mistakes that can’t be fixed.” Then I smiled, realizing I was repeating the mosaic teacher’s oft-repeated refrain. And while it may not be true … Continue reading

Celebrate Oops!

Celebrate Oops!

A while ago I shared one of my favorite books for supporting students in risk taking, Beautiful Oops. While the book focuses on the beauty that can follow artistic “oops” experiences, it also can spur discussions of successes that can follow all manner of not-so-successful efforts. Now, the publishers of Beautiful Oops are sponsoring a … Continue reading

Beautiful Oops

Beautiful Oops

One of my long ago favorite Bill Cosby routines was one about the word “Oops” and times you would really hate to hear it. From your surgeon. Or your dentist. Or perhaps your plumber. But funny as that is, I have a new favorite reference for “Oops,” the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. Beautiful … Continue reading