Share Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon – Review by Jason Griffith

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This past weekend, I was browsing the hipster slogans on the notebooks at Target when I came across this one.  Of course, I had to tweet my response.

There’s no doubt that more craft and sweat went into one of Shakespeare’s timeless sonnets than goes into an average tweet (or even fourteen tweets), but if Shakespeare had a website, I’m sure it would have been linked to every available form of social media, just as I imagine the Bard would’ve taken advantage of indoor plumbing and modern transportation.

For today’s students, teachers, and readers, social media is not used primarily for generating content (though Jennifer Egan and the #Twitterfiction festival have done so in cool ways) but rather, at its…

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Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon- Retro Review & Top Ten by Jason Griffith

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Dear creative students, Austin Kleon has some advice for you:

“The classroom is a wonderful, if artificial, place: your professor gets paid to pay attention to your ideas, and your classmates are paying to pay attention to your ideas.  Never again in your life will you have such a captive audience.”

While Kleon clearly articulates this passage for college creatives, his quote could easily be adapted for students of all ages.  But, he doesn’t mean it as a cold admonishment of how the how hard the “real world” is for artists.  Instead, it’s meant to be empowering.  The sooner you learn to create for you and not for anyone else (not even a teacher), the better (and more genuine) your work will be.  And, Kleon suggests, “you want attention only after you’re doing really good work.”

Steal Like an Artist includes 10 lessons for writers, painters, musicians, and other creative…

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The Greatest English Teacher Ever

I enjoyed contributing this guest post to the PCTELA blog. PA (and nearby teachers), come to the PCTELA conference in PIttsburgh in October: It’s a great conference for a good price, and this year, Stephen Choboski (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) will be there.


I am not the greatest English teacher ever.

I take forever and a day to grade and return student writing assignments. I’m too sensitive, and I take it personally when students aren’t interested in a lesson. I spread myself thin between teaching, coaching the swim team, and trying to keep up with my own reading and writing, not to mention finding time to spend with my wife or to clean the house. When I don’t get enough sleep, it’s easy for me to growl at students for minor infractions. My mind never fails to spin with innovative and engaging ideas, but the time to implement them seems to shrink more and more each year.

It was long past dark when I got home from practice one night this past January. A variety of events had teamed up to earn a “one of those days” label: a lackluster discussion in Period…

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