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BROKEN CRAYONS (AND UNBROKEN CRAYONS) IN EDUCATION

(Last updated April 2, 2018)

I've been excited to see educators and librarians inspired by my broken crayon doodles. Here are just some of the ways they have been using broken crayon activities in schools and libraries.

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CREATE A BROKEN CRAYON MAKERSPACE

K-5 Library Media Director Rhonda Jenkins (@luv2teachtech on Twitter) set up a Makerspace challenge in her new Art Center:

A Makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, leaning, exploring and sharing. Here is more info on the Makerspaces website.

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COLLABORATING ON ART

Fifth-graders at South Davis collaborated on broken crayon art after reading SAM & EVA. Check out their broken crayon collab creations in this Padlet gallery.

After reading SAM & EVA to her kindergarten students, Allison Stout had the students collaborate on art:

 

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LEARNING CREATIVE CRITICAL THINKING WITH BROKEN CRAYON ART

Educator Marilyn McAlister used broken crayon art to help her students practice creative critical thinking. The students did the project on index cards. Then they took a photo of their creation, inserted it into a Google slide, then wrote what their "intentions" were about their design. When I asked Marilyn about this, she recommended the book Intention: Critical Creativity In The Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder.