What it is: @johntspencer is one of my very favorite bloggers. He makes me think, laugh, challenges me and reminds me that there is always something to push forward for in education. If I’m honest, sometimes he even makes me crazy…usually because he is pushing my thinking into areas I’m not ready to consider yet. How dare he call “me” out?! To be fair, he isn’t calling me out, usually he is calling himself out and I feel the residual conviction. John writes all over the place. The first time I encountered his genius was a chance reading of his blog Adventures in Pencil Integration. Brilliant. I started following it pretty early on in it’s existence and soon found that he writes ALL over the place. He has written several books including Drawn into Danger, Pencil Me In, Teaching Unmasked, Sages and Lunatics, and a Sustainable Start. If you haven’t read these, you should. John is open and honest and has a great sense of humor. His Education Rethink blog leads you to all of his resources, blogs, books, videos and podcasts.
John has also created a resource for his students that the rest of us can use. How nice of him! His Photo Writing Prompt Tumblr is chalk full of images with captions designed to make students think deeply. Browse through the collection and soon you will understand how students can’t help but pour forth their ideas in writing. We do something similar at Anastasis but hadn’t been collecting the images on anything but our own blogs. These prompts are a great addition to what we are doing! Some of them are challenging, some are thoughtful, some are humorous. Sometimes we get a really special treat and John includes his own sketches.
How to integrate Photo Writing Prompt Tumblr into the classroom: This one is best for intermediate, jr. high and high school students. The topics are probably a little too complex for younger students to write about (although some of them would be appropriate and some kids are really brilliant!). Spending time writing creatively is one of the best ways to improve as a writer, to challenge and support deep thinking, and to express themselves. I learn SO much about students through their writing. Whether it be a blog post, an imaginative story or a letter…writing exposes them in new ways.
Use John’s Photo Writing Prompt Tumblr with your students, these can be projected for students to see while they write. John updates the Tumblr often so you won’t be lacking for new material for your students to interact with! Students can write in a traditional writing journal, in the form of a blog post where they link to the original post, or on a class blog together as a group writing project.
Tips: Teach younger students? Take a cue from John and start your own writing prompt Tumbr for your students!
I’ve written about another Photo Prompt Tumblr blog that you can find here. Incidentally, I learned about that blog from @johntspencer. That guy is full of ideas!
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Photo Writing Prompt Tumbr in your classroom!