Advent Journey Journal: Third Tuesday of Advent

Please download and share this journal page which I’m inviting my Sophomores to use during our Advent prayer time. Rather than write, they may also ponder and gaze at the relevant art on the slides.


Google Slides

And, as this is my last Advent Journal before we have our midterms and Christmas Break, enjoy this extra art:


May you and yours have a blessed and joy-filled Christmas!


Advent Journey Journal: First Friday of Advent

Please download and share this journal page which I’m inviting my Sophomores to use during our Advent prayer time. Rather than write, they may also ponder and gaze at the relevant art on the slides.


Google Slides

Mon(Fun)day Noon #1 – #LiteraryCakes

Grades were due today and I didn’t have a spare moment to post the Sun(Fun)day Night feature. I know you teachers understand what “night before grades are due.”

So, to atone (a word we’re using a lot in the Sophomore Religion course these days) for this, here’s the first of two fun items to help start your week.

The Observer reports that a clever and yummy hashtag is trending over at Twitter. Check out #literarycakes to see creations like the one above and this eye-popping montage:

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Sun(Fun)Day Night – New Star Wars Poster and Movie Posters Without Text

It’s Sunday night and the countdown to a return to the classroom continues. How ready will you be to teach Monday morning? I’m feeling hopeful, but I still have much to do today!

My 14 year-old son ran up to me earlier today with our Chromebook to excitedly show me the brand new Star Wars poster which “dropped” today. Here’s the full poster and a link to it’s source:


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Those who have been following the colossal hype leading up to it’s December 18, 2015 premier, know that this image gives a big detail which has been missing so far in the early trailers. What’s up with the planet looking thing in the upper right? Is it a new (the third) Death Star? Sadly, the text at the bottom doesn’t offer any insight.

The text-less version of this poster (in the heading for this post) got me thinking about an interesting link I found recently. The creators took 20+ familiar movie posters, removed the text, and left only the (often) iconic images.  My favorite ones (the posters, not necessarily movies) are:

Text Less Movie 1

Text Less Movie 2

Text Less Movie 3

I think what I find most interesting about these is how the blank areas (where the text was) accentuate the iconic image that we associate with this movie. For most of these we don’t need the text as that lone image is so powerfully familiar.

Friday FunLink – What 2000 Looked Like From 1900

With the Chicago Cubs win a couple of nights ago, there’s been much internet chatter about how the 1989 film Back to the Future 2 predicted a World Series win (finally) by the Cubbies in 2015.

Back to the Future Cubs

We’ll have to wait a while longer to see if this prediction was remarkably prescient or another one of the missed 2015 predictions in this film. But we can enjoy this French art, created around the turn of the 20th century, illustrating how artists believed life would look in the year 2000.

All of the images are worth viewing, pondering and chuckling with. Here’s a few of my favorites:

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Friday FunLink – Beautiful, Fantasy GIF’s

Although this is a somber date for remembrance, I thought it would be a good day to bring back the semi-frequent Friday FunLink.  I believe faith leads us to bring light where there is darkness. Therefore, levity is appropriate here today too.  Plus, I found a link with cool images which I wanted to post sooner rather than later.

I’m not one to seek out GIF’s to post on this blog or other social media.  Yet, this site has such lovely, beautiful images which are truly enhanced by the magic which makes GIF’s come to life.

Along with the one above, here’s my favorite:

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To fully appreciate this, you need to see the GIF animated version.



19 Back to School Classroom Ideas

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t put a tremendous amount of effort into creating decorations or art in my classroom.  I do believe in having art – especially student created art – on the walls and elsewhere in the room.  Having attractive, inspiring and thought-provoking images for my students to view goes a long way in creating the vibe and spirit of my classroom.

I also use the “plug-in” type of fragrance dispensers to create olfactory feeling in my students.  I rotate the scents seasonally throughout the school year.  Not only do my students gain a scent memory of my room, but this helps counter the inevitable “funk” which develops during the times of the year when we can’t open the windows.  It’s a high value for me to have my room smell good for my students (and for me as I have to be in there all day!)

From the surprisingly robust HuffPost Education, here’s some ideas for the crafty folks out there to make your classroom more attractive and inviting.  Some of the ones on the list are clearly for younger students.  But I think many could be easily modified for older students instead.

Here’s a few of my favorites:


What a cool way to inspire and challenge your students as they see the outside of your classroom door!



A+ for engaging creativity.  C- for near copyright violation.



I like this one for classrooms where pencils are frequently used.