5 Book Covers That Speak Volumes

Tweet As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. While this is no doubt sound advice for choosing literature and making friends, there is something to say for a well-constructed, intelligent book cover. Just as a novel’s sentence structure and diction can be analyzed for themes, motifs, and meaning, a book’s cover […]

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Vocabulary and the Arts

Tweet Yesterday our district had a professional development day on the topic of vocabulary.  Some 4th grade colleagues presented to all the elementary and middle school teachers a method of introducing vocabulary that they had started last year.  What they were doing was centered around Robert Marzano’s teachings from his book Building Background Knowledge for […]

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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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Engagement

Tweet I’ve just finished reading a post by Jessica Wakefield called,  “Learning In and Through the Arts.” In it, she discusses the whole child and the importance of students’ engagement with the material they are learning. Research and years of experience reinforce the power of integrating the arts to engage students in every dimension of […]

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Collaboration in Action – Music Listening Experiences

Tweet Many of our readers are interested in actual lesson plans and ideas.  So, here you go! My mind over the last week has been focused on collaboration and how it is the key to effective integration.   We cannot all be experts in everything, so we need to ask for assistance with things we may […]

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