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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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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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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Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Tweet It’s a procedure on airplanes that attendents review each time passengers board the aircraft:  In case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first and then assist those around you.   The idea is that if you take care of yourself first, you will be better able to care for your child or another passenger that […]

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…but I’m not an artist…

Tweet I hear this a lot and have often found myself saying it as well. But after years of dabbling in this and that, I’ve stopped. After trying things out, failing and still enjoying myself, I’ve stopped. All it took was the right people allowing me to explore my own creative side, teaching me a […]

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Providing for Creativity in Students

Tweet Every year at this time, our fourth grade team starts to prepare our students for their “Fourth Grade Celebration.”  It is not a graduation, but rather a time when the students and teachers create a performance that celebrates their time at the Cashman Elementary School as they prepare for middle school. Our theme this […]

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What's So Scary about Creative?

Tweet Creative, artistic, imaginative, inventive – these are words that are held at a high regard, yet so many people think they are not worthy of these titles. I disagree!  What I do think happens is that we don’t allow ourselves to be those things.  It’s a combination of having little time and a bit […]

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