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What Does Standards Based Education Look Like?

November 11, 2019

Frequently asked question

Jen Etter

I am often asked: What does standards based education or proficiency based education look like in the visual or performing arts classroom? A handful of years ago the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) took on that question and answered it by creating a series of videos of arts teachers in their classrooms teaching. Over a two year period Debi Lynn Baker and I visited these schools to gather footage that Debi than created into short videos to provide resources

Brian McPherson

Brian McPherson

for the field.

I am grateful to the following MALI leaders who let us in to their classrooms and school world and shared the work they were doing everyday. Lisa Ingraham, Brian McPherson, Andrea Wollstadt, Jane Snider, Jen Etter, Charlie Johnson, and Rob Westerberg. I hope you’ll find them inspirational and thought provoking. All videos are located on the Maine Arts Assessment website.

Andrea Wollstadt

Even though practices change these life-long learners will provide you something to use for food for thought and perhaps inspire you to consider the teaching and learning practices in your classrooms.

Elementary School Visual Art – Lisa Ingraham, Madison Elementary School

Elementary School Visual Art – Brian McPherson, Woodside Elementary School, Topsham

Jane Snider

Jane Snider

Elementary School Music – Andrea Wollstadt, John F. Kennedy Memorial School, Biddeford

Middle School Visual Art – Jane Snider, Hancock Grammar School

Middle School Music – Jen Etter, York Middle School

Andrea Wollstadt

High School Visual Art – Charlie Johnson, Mount Desert Island High School

High School Music – Rob Westerberg, York High School

 

 

Charlie Johnson

Rob Westerberg

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Language of Music

November 10, 2019

Amazing Grace

The annual Manitoba Music Educators “Tempo Conference” didn’t disappoint when keynote speaker Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser had 600 Music Specialists stand and sing “Amazing Grace” on “Ah”. This is what happens when you “speak the language of music”.

 

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Brain Power and Music

November 9, 2019

Learning 

“If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti

Teaching Artists Allison and Hunt Smith

Studies, research, papers, surveys, and much more all focused on the developing brain – there’s so many that support the ideas around the importance and impact that music education can make. Now more ever there is research that links the benefits of music as medicine and music therapy is always highlighting using music as a treatment that impacts mental health issues.

I especially like what this article includes – read for yourself. Available at THIS LINK. I suggest adding this to your advocacy resources to pull out at a moments notice to share with school leaders, colleagues, and community members.

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Tree Lighting

November 8, 2019

Presque Isle High School

Presque Isle High School art teacher Ellyn Whitten-Smith’s Sculpture I students completed 24 ornaments that will be sent to Washington DC for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that will take place. The ornaments represent Maine and specifically Aroostook County. Pretty exciting! Congrats students of course Ellyn!

The kids made ornaments representing their ideas of Maine, which included: people and places: Stephen King, lighthouses, Mt. Katahdin; wildlife – puffins, junebugs, chickadees, moose, brooktrout, wildcats, pinecones, bees, snow; past-times: camping, and ice fishing;  agriculture: farms, fiddleheads, blueberries, broccoli, and potatoes, as well as old trucks and trees, Balloon Fests, the iconic LLBean boot, Moxie, and whoopie pies. Ellyn is pretty darn proud!

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Bye Bye Birdie

November 7, 2019

Medomak Valley High School

 

 

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Mary Poppins

November 6, 2019

Camden Hills Regional High School

The Camden Hills Regional High School musical “Mary Poppins” is taking flight this November. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 10 and 17, at 2 p.m. What makes this show unique is the double-casting of the lead characters, giving more students a chance to embody the iconic roles; they switch every other night.

Read the entire Mary Poppins article from the Village Soup at THIS LINK.

 

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Kids in Charge

November 5, 2019

What does it mean and look like?

One of the questions that comes up over and over is what does student centered learning look like and how do I manage it? Last week flying into my email was a video created by Edutopia. For those of you blog readers who may not know about Edutopia it is the George Lucas Foundation whose mission is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. George Lucas the 1991 founder of Edutopia is an innovative and award-winning filmmaker. Edutopia is all about taking a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.

The video included in the email is called How to Create Student-Centered Lessons and Put Students in Charge of Their Learning. Some of you may be thinking that the task is easier in the non-arts classrooms but I think this video provides enough information that you can gain insight and develop ideas.

In addition to the Edutopia video a handful of years ago the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI – then MAAI – Maine Arts Assessment Initiative) started creating videos to answer: What does this student-centered thing look like in a visual or performing arts education classroom? All of these videos are available on the Maine ARTSEducation youtube channel and I’ve embedded them below to make it easier for you to access them.

Co-founder MAAI, Music educator at York High School, Rob Westerberg, with a very different haircut.

Jane Snider, Hancock School visual art educator, MALI Teacher Leader.

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