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Ashley Bryan Resources

September 13, 2019

Grades 4-12

Some of you might remember my blog post last year at this time as a follow up to visiting Ashley Bryan at his home on Little Cranberry Island. Elementary music educator Kate Smith and I traveled by boat to visit Ashley to learn more about his work. It was an amazing opportunity – Kate went back to school excited with ideas on how to incorporate Ashley’s work and attitude about life into her everyday lessons and school community. Ashley, now 96 years old, has written and illustrated many children’s books – Beautiful Blackbird and Freedom Over Me to name two of my favorites. Ashley is truly a treasure who has committed his life to kindness, truth, fairness, art and education. I am grateful for what he has given not only to Maine, but to the world!!

The Ashley Bryan Resource & Activity Guide is now available and is free for educators. Several Maine educators piloted the resources and it was completed in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Three guides

  • Grades 4-6 English Language Arts and Visual Art
  • Grades 7-12 English Language Arts and Visual Art
  • Grades 7-12 Social Studies

The short 15:48 minute version of the film I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan is the companion to each of them and can be accessed at THIS LINKI’m sure once you view the video it will give you ideas on how to use the resources in your classroom. It is available for a 72-hour period for $1.79.

The Resource & Activity Guide is a collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Kane-Lewis Productions in Sedgwick, Maine. Any questions please contact: Melody Lewis-Kane at melody.lewiskane@gmail.com

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Cups!

September 11, 2019

Talk about rhythm

Sweetland School “cups” song

Here’s an idea for including everyone in the school – students of all ages, including adult staff participation. It’s the cup song, I’m sure many of you are familiar with it and perhaps you’ve done it with your students or your entire school. (If so, would love to hear about it and please send photos). My friend Anne Kofler, whose birthday was on Monday, would have loved this. She was all about collaboration and working on projects that everyone could contribute. On the first day at Sweetland School, where I am working now, we all joined in to learn it. love the version that is set to a song about learning the water cycle. Fun learning!

Below there are three resources! The first link below is an excellent tutorial on learning the cup song pattern. The next three provide other favorite resources of mine. If learning it is a challenge – please keep practicing – take it from me, it’s worth it!

 

The ORIGINAL water cycle song.

 

These two take the cups to a new level of collaboration and performing with cups.

 

Another one called Body Percussion which has the tutorial and the musical patterns is included as well. The kinesthetic learners love this.

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Dance Dance Dance

September 9, 2019

Dance opportunities this month and next

Friday, September 13 – Sunday September 15:
STAR ISLAND –  Dancing at the final Star Hampshire Dance Weekend, my family’s annual tradition for 11 years.
Friday, September 20 – Sun Sept 22:
UNITY –  Another annual tradition, MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair!  I’ll be roaming around with family and friends, and probably dancing too.
Saturday, September 28:
BAR HARBOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Big Moose at Jesup Library, 6:30 p.m. First hour is a community dance for all ages, especially families. Info: 288-4245
Friday, October 4:
BELFAST – Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) Community Dance with Lisa Newcomb and the All Corners Band, 6:30 p.m. Calling the BFS Contras with Peregrine Road + Becky Tracy, and Eric Johnson on sound, 8 p.m. Info: belfastflyingshoes.org
Sunday, October 6:
BELFAST – Attending an English Country Dance with music by Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod, 7pm at the First Baptist Church on High Street. (Likely also attending the ECD musicians’ workshop with Karen & Rachel at 3pm in the same venue.) Info: belfastflyingshoes.org
Thursday, October 17 – Sunday, October 20:
ST PAUL – Attending Pourparler, a national conference for community dance, music, and song leaders.  So excited!
Thursday, October 24:
STONINGTON – Calling a Community Contra Dance at the Stonington Opera House, partly to culminate a residency at the Deer Isle – Stonington Elementary School.
Thank you Chrissy Fowler for providing the information in this post and the opportunities to DANCE!
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Maine Expansion Arts Fund

September 7, 2019

Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund is accepting applications from nonprofits for grants of up to $5,000 that support indigenous, ethnic, or rural arts programs or projects, particularly those that serve areas with limited access to arts events.

The deadline for grant applications is September 15, 2019. An online application, guidelines and a list of recent grants are available at www.mainecf.org.

The Maine Expansion Arts Fund is a collaborative effort of MaineCF, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lillian M. Berliawsky Charitable Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission to strengthen and ensure the future of these artistic traditions. Additional funding is provided through the Elizabeth Laughlin Anderson Memorial Fund.

A statewide organization headquartered in Ellsworth with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people

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RAMS Art Project

July 9, 2019

Great work Anthony Lufkin – 2018 Knox County Teacher of the Year

Art Educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Anthony Lufkin teaches grades K-6 in MSAD #40 and with students at the Rivers Alternative Middle School. This spring the middle school students took on an amazing project. They focused on social and health issues that impact individuals and communities. Students quickly got into a deep level of learning and the connection with these topics and issues on the brain. The topics were challenging ones and each students selected a topic to research and create a response artistically. Two other teachers worked with the students along with the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is a great example of students engaged in and taking the lead in their learning. Take a look at this video and gain an understanding of an amazing project for middle schoolers.

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G/T Opportunity to Present

July 8, 2019

Step up and share your ideas at the statewide Gifted & Talented conference

Please contact Diane Knot at diane.knott@gorhamschools.org for a ‘request to present’ form.

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Express-a-Book

July 2, 2019

Not your traditional book club

Express-a-Book uses the Arts, to create a learner centered, collaborative environment to share ideas. Participants experience the Arts and the format highlights the accessibility and power of the creative process. When we bring people together in a collaborative and creative environment we see learners, of all ages, engage at a high level. The Express-a-Book process supports this notion.

In 2017 Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Design Team members Falmouth High School music teacher Jake Sturtevant and Sweetland School founder and director Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor who was the Director of Arts Education at the time created Express-a-Book – an innovative and creative approach to a traditional book club.

They presented the idea, after creating a protocol and experiencing it themselves, to members of MALI. Other teacher leaders stepped up, formed groups and experienced the process themselves. The results were amazing!

“It was wonderful to have the opportunity and excuse to jump in the sandbox and find ways to play with, highlight, reflect, and communicate my learning in a unique way.”

~Jake Sturtevant

HISTORY
Lindsay, Jake, and Argy planned and tried the process and presented it to the MALI participants. Lindsay wanted to read about creativity in teaching and learning so she read the article A call to action: The challenges of creative teaching and learning by R. Keith Sawyer.
Jake was curious about the power of boredom. He listened to In defense of boredom on WNYC, Radio, Manoush Zomorodi’s Podcast Note to Self, and read the book Bored and Brilliant. Argy wanted to focus on leadership so she listened to Simon Sinek’s TED Talk called How Great Leaders Inspire Action.

Once they completed their review they responded by creating artworks. Lindsay made a painting and wrote a poem, Jake created a remix mp3, and Argy made a black and white illustration. They shared and responded to each image/sounds by giving feedback and asking questions. This provided the opportunity to learn about each of their topics in a collaborative environment.

What has been learned by using Express-a-Book?

  • Share ideas and resources through an active process
  • Use the arts to make information accessible and engaging for learners
  • Learn together as a community
  • Allow for individuals who do not often engage in art making processes to experience the potential of the arts to enhance learning 
  • Offer a low cost, simple, scalable and refreshing approach to a ‘book club’ 
  • The process has practical applications for a variety of classrooms and settings. Express-a-Book can be applied across disciplines or in professional learning communities, it can take place face to face or electronically, within or across schools, districts, across a region/state/country/ or even the world.
  • Individuals must be willing to stretch and be vulnerable
  • Example of teachers teaching teachers

If you’re interested in seeing the protocol please email Argy at meartsed@gmail.com.

Express-a-Book has been used successfully at conferences and gatherings in Maine and beyond in a variety of ways. The format has been shared in workshops, videos, short articles and highlighted in Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners by Jeffrey Beaudry and Anita Stewart McCafferty.

 

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