The Power of PD in Arts Integration

Tweet This past week I have been conducting a graduate level course in arts integration.  It is called “Learning Through the Creative Arts: A Look into the Creative Process.” I have been blown away by the wonderful learnings, creative artwork, thoughtful conversations and truly integrated lesson plans that have come out of our time together.  […]

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Storytelling Your Introduction

Tweet Yesterday was the first day of a grad class I am teaching this summer.  It is called “Learning Through the Creative Arts: A Look into the Creative Process”.  Of course we started by getting to know each other and instead of having the class participants create a piece of artwork or dramatize their introduction […]

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Book Chats

Tweet It’s fun to chat with others about books and stories you read.  That was proven yet again last night when our book group got together for dinner, drinks and discussion around our summer reading book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  We talked about our favorite characters and the traits they possess, we talked about […]

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The Joy of The Dance

Tweet This past week end, I was at a wedding for my cousin, and boy, did I dance!  It was a blast!  Old school, new school, ethnic, modern: if it had a beat, I was on the dance floor.  In fact, there were a lot of regulars on the dance floor.  As with many weddings […]

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The Need for Parameters

Tweet The other morning, I was half watching Oswald with my kids while we snuggled on the couch: my kids eyes glued to the pre-school program, mine on my Kindle reading up on The Help.    Every so often, I would get distracted and glance up to the TV to watch the odd characters go […]

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Summer's In Full Swing

Tweet It sure is and for teachers that doesn’t mean flat out rest! We are busy – working, thinking, planning, learning, reading – you name it! (Some of my teacher-friends and I even did some homework last night: research on how to avoid being a Bad Teacher if you catch my drift. 😉 ) Yes, […]

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Sowing Seeds

Tweet Have you ever really stopped to think about where greatness comes from?  Really – I mean where great things come from.  They don’t just pop up, they grow: great ideas, great events, great people who do great things.  Each of these has a beginning, a seed.  Whether we are talking about a person who […]

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Arts Integration Cannot Replace Arts Ed

Tweet Earlier this week, Katherine Damkohler wrote a post for the ARTSblog website called Arts Integration Isn’t Enough. (Be sure to go and read this post!) It reminded me of a piece I wrote a few weeks back on ArtsEd VS ArtsInt.  In it, I felt the need to not only define each, but to […]

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Flashmob at ISTE

Tweet What a way to start off the summer – a tech in ed convention.  This was, by far, the biggest thing I have been part of!  There were 11,000 people at the ISTE convention housed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The buildings covered 4 blocks in the downtown, there were 1000s of sessions and […]

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