Memory Bags and Storytelling

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Tweet In the first week of school this year, I asked my students to create a “Memory Bag” and now the students are creating great stories out of the objects they have collected.  The idea came from an article in a recent Responsive Classroom newsletter. A Bag of Memories I began by using objects in […]

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Are the Arts Fluff?

The arts are NOT fluff!

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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The Story in the Backwater Blues

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Tweet Music tells the tale.   That is the title of a book sitting in my bookshelf at home.  It contains some of the great music from history and the stories that are told through the instrumented notes.  Well, today I want to reintroduce you to a song that contains a story not only in its […]

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science

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Tweet For the past few weeks, my students have been learning about “Land and Water.”  They’ve been conducting experiments, learning about the water cycle, making it rain, observing erosion, carving out riverbeds and watching the power of water. This week, we started listening to the blues and to kick things off, I chose Backwater Blues […]

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Storytelling

Tweet Stories can help things stick.  I’ve been noticing this more than usual lately.  One time I noticed was just this week when my 4 year-old daughter came home from vacation bible school and started telling me all about what she was learning.  Both she and my 5 year-old son were telling me the details […]

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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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Celebrating Patriots’ Day

Tweet Patriot’s Day is something I grew up celebrating. Actually, being born into a family who was part of a Revolutionary War reenactment group, I grew up colonial. My first Patriots’ Day parade found me at about 11 months old being carted behind my mother in a wooden wagon.  From there I was traveling to […]

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Lyrics and Literacy

Tweet Oddly enough, it’s been almost an entire month of writing about music and literacy and I haven’t even mentioned lyrics in music! Well, now is the time. Of course lyrics are a natural connection music has to literacy. They are authentic texts!  Composers and song writers go through their own creative writing process to […]

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Learning With, Through and About Art

Tweet In my last post, on Engagement, I was responding to a post by Jessica Wakefield  called,  “Learning In and Through the Arts.” The title reminded me of a text I was reading for an “Arts and Learning” CAGS course through Plymouth State University a few months back titled Arts and Learning by Merryl Goldberg.  In it, […]

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