Archive for the ‘Food for thought’ Category

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Anything Can Happen

June 23, 2019

Courtney Hadwin

Fourteen year old Courtney Hadwin from County Durham, England provided two amazing performances on America’s Got Talent during season 13. Even though Courtney is very shy she transforms while singing. As Simon Cowell said to her before her second performance which you can see below: “Anything can happen on this show so good luck.”

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Taking Care of Ourselves

June 22, 2019

Education Week Teacher

Now that school is over and the attention to your students is wrapped up for another school year it’s time to take more time for yourself. I know some of you will be working to add to your salary, others will be focusing more on your own children or perhaps another family member. Whatever you have planned I hope that you’ll take time for yourself to rest up and time to be more creative. This article suggests four things to take care of yourself:

  1. Become the learner instead of the teacher.
  2. Hyphenate yourself.
  3. Be your full self with your loved ones.
  4. Join a new tribe or two

Read the entire article and the details of the four things, authored by Justin Minkel for Education Week Teacher on June 5, 2019.

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Dancing

June 20, 2019

Opportunity to dance in June and July

Chrissy Fowler is one busy person – dancing into and throughout the summer. In fact, Chrissy is all about dancing! She spent the weekend of June 15, 16, and 17 at the Maine Fiddle Camp playing music, listening to more music, dancing, singing, laughing, eating tasty food, watching the snapping turtles, admiring the flora & fauna, and more. Chrissy is a ball of energy!

Below is a schedule of many other fun dancing and music events scheduled.

Saturday, June 22: BAR HARBOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Big Moose at Jesup Library, 6:30 p.m. First house is a community dance for all ages, especially families. Info: 288- 4245.

Saturday, June 29: BANGOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Spintuition at the UU Church on Park St. 7:00 p.m. intro, 7:30 dance. Info: bangorcontra.org

Friday, July 5: BELFAST – Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) Community Dance with the All-Comers Band, 6:30 p.m. Calling the BFS Contras with Riptide, 8:00 p.m. Info: belfastflyingshoes.org.

Saturday, July 6: VINALHAVEN – Calling an outdoor Community Contra Dance with Velodipede and the Vinalhaven All Stars (Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill, plus community musicians sitting in). Dancing in the Carver harbor parking lot, Main St., in downtown Vinalhaven, 6:30 p.m., free! Donations accepted, to benefit Vinalhaven Partners in Island Education. (Rain location: Vinalhaven School, 21 Arcola Lane). Transportation info: maine.gov/mdot/ferry/vinalhaven/.
 
Saturday, July 11: GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Pixie Lauer, Tom Judge, Susan Groce, Nick Appolonio, and others, at the Longfellow School, to benefit the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society. Info: gcihs.org.
Friday, July 12: ISLESBORO – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bennett Konesni and Benjamin Fosses at the Islesboro Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get to Islesboro on the MDOT ferry, possible Quicksilver back to the mainland after the dance (check with Chrissy for list & availability). Info: islesborohistorical.org/.
Sunday, July 14: BAYSIDE – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bluebird at the Bayside Community Hall at 813 Shore Road in Northport, 7:00 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. dance. Info: baysidearts.org.
Saturday, July 27 (rain date July 28): Calling a Community Contra Dance with Lisa Newcomb, with music by the Don Roy Trio (Don & Cindy Roy were awarded the 2018 NEA Heritage Arts Fellowship – wow)!, 4:00 p.m. at City Park in Belfast. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes “Dancing in the Park” outdoor dance series. Info: belfastflyingshoes.org/dancing-in-the-park/.
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Midcoast Music Academy

June 19, 2019

Spring recital

Midcoast Music Academy’s spring recital is coming up at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland.

Sunday, June 23

1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – two different performances

Come on down to one the most highly anticipated studio events! It is always an energetic, exciting event full of great music and talented students. Due to ever increasing enrollment at the studio, as well as the addition of several new ensembles and group classes, MCMA will be holding a two-part performance:

– Part One features students performing solo and takes place from 1:00-2:30.
– Part Two is comprised of ensembles and groups of students and is from 3:30-5:00.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teaching Artist Leaders Tom Luther and Joe Cough both teach at MCMA and will be participating as well.

Midcoast Music Academy is grateful to the Strand Theatre for their continued support in hosting MCMA’s student recitals.

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Summer Reading

June 18, 2019

Recommended books 

Ahhh, summertime and a better chance of reading. I’m sure some of you have selected your summer reading material and others are considering what to read. Whatever you decide on I do hope that not only do you find the books inspirational and filled with new learning but, that you find a place to read that is comfortable and allows you to squeeze every morsel of enjoyment out of each read. My suggestions include a variety.

If you’re looking for something on teaching and learning Jeff Beaudry and Anita Stewart McCafferty, professors at USM, have a new book called Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners. The Foreword is provided by Rick Stiggins, from Corwin Press, published in 2018. It is based on their expertise and experiences in Maine schools and what they’ve observed. It includes many examples straight from the classroom, provided by Maine educators.

The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, Dave Burgess Consulting, 2015, is another practical book. George was a teacher, principal and now an educational consultant. He believes in the power of teacher leadership and empowering and supporting teachers so they can be better at teaching. He is ‘spot on’ about the importance of innovation in education.

The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz, Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, 2009, is an inspiring story about how Jacqueline left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. She wanted to make a difference in the world and through education, empowerment and forming relationships her journey led her across the globe and back again several times. The book starts with her how Jacqueline had donated a beloved blue sweater to Goodwill. Eleven years later she saw a young child wearing her sweater in Rwanda. It became clear to her that we are all connected – in our actions and inactions. It is a wonderful story that I just couldn’t put down.

dare to lead by Brené Brown, Penguin Random House, 2018. Brené’s approach to living is refreshingly honest. She looks at her years of research on leadership and interacting with leaders and organizes it in this book. She emphasizes how important it is to be vulnerable and brave over comfort and the easy pathway. If you’re a leader who is looking for assistance in moving forward or in challenging your mindset, this book could be helpful.

Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison, Crown Publishing Group, 2018. Yes, this story is about Harrison’s focus on bringing clean water to people who don’t have access to it but it is so much more than that. It is about pulling yourself up by your boot straps, unconditional love, believing in people and yourself, never giving up, looking in the mirror and reaching out to others, and making the world a better place. It is a very inspirational book and I couldn’t put this one dow. It would be a great read for the beach (or pool, or deck, or almost any place comfy).

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda, published by Random House, 2017. This is a book about communication BUT the best part is it’s about how Alda’s goal is better communication through his  experiences with acting, improv, science, and storytelling. The skills he offers are from his years hosting Scientific American Frontiers. Definitely many plugs for the value of the Arts.

I hope you’ll share what you’re reading this summer so others can be inspired!

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Amazing Animation!

June 17, 2019

Share with your students

If you’ve ever tried your hand at animation I’m sure you’ll agree that this animation is spectacular. It was created by the World Wildlife Fund Hungary. I think I’ve posted this earlier but it is one of those videos worth seeing multiple times. I’m sure your students (of all ages) would be interested in seeing this. I know that many Maine schools are still in session. You may want to incorporate into a lesson for the last few days or use it in the fall when you kick off the school year. No matter what, take a look and consider how we’re all connected.

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Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2019

I’m watching you

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