February 20

Picture/Thousand Words

Remember yesterday’s post?  Why couldn’t a teacher use something like this as a starting point for class?  Questions which come to mind for me are:


  • Write a journal entry explaining how the image relates to the math concept we have been studying?
  • Utilize this image and create a math problem which relates to the math concept we focused on yesterday.
  • What would a mathematician do with these tools?
  • How do the objects in this image inspire your mathematical thinking?


  • Describe an experiment in which a scientist would utilize 75% of the objects in this picture.
  • Which one of these objects most closely relates to the element/compound/chemical equation we focused on yesterday?  Explain why.
  • Which one of these objects could best be used to demonstrate the physics theory we have been studying this week?  Explain why.
  • Using one or more of the objects pictured, what would you design to solve…?


  • Fit the objects pictured into a timeline and explain their relativity to that timeline.
  • Select a historian from the period we have been studying and relate him/her to one of the objects pictured.  Justify your selection with logical reasoning.
  • What do the objects in the picture have in common and how do they relate to the topic we have been studying?


  • Using the image as inspiration, write!
  • Write three sentences relating to this photo and be sure to include (grammar/mechanics concept studying).
  • How do the objects in the picture relate to the book/play/short story/poem we read in class yesterday?
  • Which of the objects pictured most closely relates to the author?  Explain the relationship providing logical reasoning to justify your assertion.
  • Think of the main character of your book/short story/video and explain which of the objects pictured most closely represents him/her.
  • Determine the theme/setting/mood of this image and write an explanation to justify your decision.
  • What do the objects pictured have in common and why are they important to this class?


  • What role do these objects play in technology today?  Justify your assertion.
  • Write a caption for the photo that includes figurative language.
  • Use the image as inspiration to write a personal narrative in the voice of…
  • Write a vivid description using the image as inspiration.
  • Include as many vocabulary words as possible to write a coherent paper based on the image.

Sometimes a picture inspires much more than a thousand words.  Why couldn’t the image (or any image) be used to inspire assignments – especially creative assignments where students are designing a problem, a solution, or creating text?  Who says we can only use the image once?  What images are you envisioning to use in your classroom?

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Posted February 20, 2014 by Beverly Ozburn in category creativity, future, learning, teaching strategies, writing

About the Author

I'm Beverly Noland Ozburn and my experience as a professional educator began in 1994 right here in Williamson County when I became a paraprofessional at Page High School. I worked there until 2003 when I graduated with my M.Ed. in Reading and went to Bedford County where I worked as a classroom reading teacher. Most recently, I was a middle school language arts/reading/writing teacher in Rutherford County. I have served as a Co-Director for the local National Writing Project site and as an adjunct professor at Columbia State Community College. Recently, I have served as a consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education's Electronic Learning Center and for Scholastic, Inc. My education includes a B.S. in Agriculture from The University of Tennessee. I earned a certification to teach secondary English and a M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University. My introduction to the world of education began when I was five-years-old and my sister was born. I was in first grade and became her teacher as soon as she learned to focus her attention on me for even a brief moment. Oh, the things she learned! I'm sure my mother was thrilled at times. Later, I was the first teacher to guide my two children. If I knew then what I know now... Today I have the joy of learning from our four granddaughters and grandson. I know that there are also times when I teach them unintentionally because my daughter has chastised me for things they repeated after visiting with my husband and me! As a lifelong learner, I am always absorbing, borrowing, and stealing from the folks around me. As a teacher, I'm glad to share those ideas and that knowledge with others. Each day I look forward to working with teachers integrating technology into their instruction and can be contacted at: beverlyo@wcs.edu

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