Writing Inspiration: Shells on the Seashore

My friend visited her parents in Delaware right after Sandy.  This is what they found when they walked to the beach. Aside from the astonishing amount of shells as well as the size of them, I’m amazed at how each one seems perfectly formed.  Usually, it’s so difficult to find a shell without cracks or pieces missing – especially shells of this size.

Since I’m participating in PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), I’m especially sensitive and on the look out for inspiration. This picture certainly got me thinking.  Ideas quickly streamed through my thoughts – Shell City.  Treasures from the Sea. Maybe a poem? So I thought I’d share it.  Maybe you’ll find an idea or two hidden within these perfect shells too.

Let me know.

Learning, Standards, Hiking, & Blogging

 Here’s my list of favorite posts and articles from the week.  A bit eclectic – staying true to the Kaleidoscope theme – with links about education, hiking, and blogging.

Enrich Cognitive Skills Through Play posted on Yes Let’s Performance Academy blog highlights the important role of play in children’s cognitive and social development. http://yesletsperformanceacademy.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/enrich-cognitive-skills-through-play/

Connecting Project Based and Blended Learning from Edutopia written by Brian Greenberg. Would love to hear if anyone has accomplished what Brian discusses – integrating PBL wih personalized on-line content learning. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/combining-blended-and-project-based-learning 

Two Common Core Blunders to Avoid – and How to Do It. A smart post from On the Shoulders of Giants about how we can implement the common core by using our knowledge about what’s best for kids and by looking at their school experiences as a whole rather than as bits and pieces.  Plus some practical suggestions. http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/shoulders_of_giants/2012/08/two-common-core-blunders-to-avoid-and-how-to-do-it.html

Canadian Hiking Photos is a blog by photographer Patrick Latter. Truly breathtaking. I smile every time I visit the site so I thought I’d share.  I want to go hiking and I don’t even really like to to hike.  http://hikingphoto.com/2012/09/04/west-coast-trail/#comment-2048

How to Make Your Blog Posts Better by Rachel Gardner is an informative post with 13 tips about blogging.  I know it was originally posted on August 20th but I just came across it this week. http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/08/simple-tips-for-a-better-blog/

Enjoy the weekend!!

Beauty and Possibility

For my first Inspiration Monday post I feel as if I’m cheating just a bit – but this was just too good to pass up. Last week the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest winners were announced.  When I look at these pictures I am in awe of the beauty as well as the infinite story possibilities.  I hope you agree.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/national-geographic-photo-contest_n_1777258.html

If you’re inspired by any of the pictures, please share.