Category: K-12

  • Teach Like a Club: Virtual Reality & Art Therapy

    So Yay!! I am teaching a Photography class this year along with other artsy subjects. So excited. I have been thinking about how to make the best of both worlds of hybrid teaching. This type of hybrid is different that I have done before. It is virtual and at our partner university campus. I reached […]

  • The Power of Um

    The Power of Um

    Flower Plaster Casting Lesson Glitched by Mrs. Gilly circa 2022 Um, yes, um. Reflections and introjections are on my mind today. It is Tuesday. It is so wonderfully weird when a lot of really cool things happen at once. I was fortunate to interview an amazing photographer and it will be published in an online […]

  • Hybrid of a Hybrid: Chimera Teaching?

    Hybrid of a Hybrid: Chimera Teaching?

    The Chimera on a red-figure Apulian plate, c. 350–340 BC, remixed by Mrs. Gilly circa 2022 What is a hybrid of a hybrid? Could it be a chimera with two totally different DNA sets? Spiral me that, and spin a quadruple helix. Okay, I must preface this. I am on the tail end of a migraine. Hence, […]

  • Remixing the Renaissance

    Remixing the Renaissance

    Glitch-a-Lisa by Mrs. Gilly circa 2022 Today I realized that I need to rethink the way that I teach (again). I am currently teaching middle school art. Our school is a first year hybrid catholic school affiliated with a university and partnering with a big online company. The kids and I received some art supplies. I […]

  • Throw Out Your Lesson Plans

    Throw Out Your Lesson Plans

    Sometimes, you just need to throw out your lesson plans. You need to meet the moment of where you and your students are. This morning is one such morning. In my art classes, we are learning about self-portraits. I am big on themes across each class. As such, for our photography class we are doing […]

  • Meanderings of a Hybrid Teacher

    Meanderings of a Hybrid Teacher

      Well Hello, School Year! We are finally here again. Welcome structure to our days. I reflect on where I am today. What day is it during this pandemic? Is it over yet? And who declares when a pandemic is really over? One of my good friends got Covid again at her Back to School […]

  • How Teaching Science Has Changed

    Like most educational settings, the science classroom has changed dramatically in the past few decades. Education, like science itself, is an ever-changing field. As our technology and knowledge progress, we are discovering better methods for helping students learn science concepts while also teaching them to approach problems like scientists. Technology Technology has become increasingly ubiquitous […]

  • Colloquial

    Colloquial

    Selfie by the School Bus taken in 2006 glitchified in 2022   Humor. That is how many us of teachers are getting through these last two plus years of teaching. We are now in the 4th quarter of the third school year of the pandemic. We are in the homestretch. As one of my teacher friends said, […]

  • Ode to the Socially Awkward

    Ode to the Socially Awkward

    This Typewriter Doesn’t Ding! taken in Indiana Place. Lately, I have been trying to find my place. The place where I contribute. At 50, I guess you could say that I am at which Erik Erikson posited as Generativity vs. Stagnation. Middle Adulthood. In this stage, adults need to create and nurture things that will outlast them. […]

  • New book explores the critical role of school libraries in improving student literacy and emotional welfare

    New book explores the critical role of school libraries in improving student literacy and emotional welfare

    New book explores the critical role of school libraries in improving student literacy and emotional welfare Facet Publishing announce the publication of School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing Published today, Dr Margaret K Merga’s new book School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing gives much-needed consideration to the role that school libraries and their staff play […]