The Wax Museum and Blabberize

Tweet The Wax Museum project is a ten year tradition in the fourth grade at the Cashman Elementary School.  In it, students choose and learn about a figure in history who has affected society in one way or another.  Through research, students answer questions, create a poster and write a speech in the first person […]

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Poetry in Balance: Part 2 – Creation

Tweet In Part 1 of “Poetry in Balance”, I focused on the importance of teaching students poetry appreciation.  But to have a good study of poetry, just as with the study of any art form, you must balance it out with creation.  This month I am requiring my students to write one poem each day […]

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The Beauty of Improv

Tweet With April here, I can’t help but reflect on the ideas of improvisation!  It’s Jazz Appreciation Month and National Poetry Month.  Jazz and poetry: two art forms that emulate improv! “Improvisation is the practice of acting, singing, talking and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of […]

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Poetry in Balance – Part 1: Appreciation

Tweet Last night on #ntchat (New Teacher chat) we discussed resources and ideas to use for National Poetry Month.    During the chat, someone tweeted me a “ponder”: I was taught a poet, then made 2 mimic. Valuable? Exposure was, not regurgitation. how to start? #ntchat ~@theHelpGroup To which I replied: I hear ya! There needs […]

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April: Jazz and Poems

Tweet Daffodils start sprouting, Rain comes showering down, A joke, a stroke of laughter And then there’s snow, a frown. A jazzy rhythm’s happen’n And poems fill the air April’s now upon us There’s so much to do, to share! I’ve come to realize how much I really love April.  Not just because it sends […]

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kick stART to arts integration

Tweet The other day I held a short workshop in my school district on arts integration.  I called it a kick stART because it was a chance to learn or remember what it means to truly integrate the arts as well as learn and share  ideas for how to do that.  We looked at various […]

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Literacy and the Arts

Tweet This month my focus has been on the parallels between music and literacy.  However, music is not the only art that can be integrated with literacy.  Drama, movement and visual art can as well. Think about the elements of a story.  Each of these art forms tells a story.  In theatre, a story comes […]

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Music IS Language

Tweet “Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Ask any musician or music lover and they will agree that music, is in and of itself, a language.  You can be literate in music.   And once this happens whether you become literate in reading, writing, creating or listening to music, a […]

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ESL, Literacy and Jazz

Tweet Judy DeFilippo supervises student teachers getting their MATESL degree at Simmons College and is an ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist.  She has authored and co-authored numerous textbooks for ESL students including So to Speak 1 and 2, Grammar Plus, and Great Dictations.  All her books are available on Amazon. Over the years, Judy […]

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