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Ukulele Tutorials

February 17, 2018

Jeffrey Weinberger

You can access tutorials for the ukulele that Jeffrey Weinberger has created on his YouTube channel.

His latest one is below for you to check out, The 59th St. Bridge Song, the Simon and Garfunkle classic. Also known as Feeling Groovy from 1966.

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Winter Break

February 16, 2018

What to do?

I understand historically that winter break was scheduled to help break the spread of germs and the flu. Makes sense to me! I’m sure that it is still needed for that reason with the number of flu cases in Maine still on the rise. If you’re one of the people suffering from the flu please take care of yourself and get well during winter break.

If you’re not sure what your going to do during the next 9 days here are some suggestions. I hope that you’ll take the time to relax, revive, and reflect! And, of course play music, sing, dance, and create in whatever way you choose to. You deserve a break – know that I appreciate what you do each and every day! Thank you teachers!

READ A BOOK

If you have a wood stove or fire place you know how good it can feel to snuggle up with a book and read by the warmth they provide. I’m always in the middle of a handful of books – depending on what I need at the moment!

  • My professional pile includes the following: Lifelong Kindergarten by Michael Resnick and Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
  • For fun I’ve been reading: My Love Affair with the State of Maine by Scotty Mackenzie with Ruth Goode
  • And for my personal health I’ve been reading: The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

GO OUTSIDE

The sun is getting stronger and the days a little longer. I know how good both of those feel. Spending time in the fresh air can have a positive impact on our health. Even a short walk can make a difference. But if you want to challenge yourself and have never cross country skied or snow shoed the weather is in your favor with the temperatures on the rise.

If you really want to challenge yourself the ice is pretty good for ice climbing and in some places where the sun has melted the ice and snow, rock climbing is happening. My older son guides those interested in this type of challenge with his business Equinox Guiding Service. He takes   people out so they can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and have a blast. He provides all of the equipment, instruction, and encouragement. You can have little or no knowledge and be successful. I certainly recommend guide Noah Kleiner! Tell Noah I sent you and perhaps you’ll get a discount.

WATCH THE OLYMPICS

For folks who want to watch the cold weather from the comfort of the couch in front of the television or computer, check out the Olympics. So cool to watch athletes from around the world come together. Just like the ancient Greeks came together so do modern day athletes – to create a space where the whole world can come together to participate in sport, in peace and togetherness. My younger son Nicholas is in PyeongChang, South Korea and is having a memorable experience. He saw the women’s giant slalom and American Mikaela Shiffrin win gold!

Whatever you do during winter break have fun and laugh as much as you can so you can come back to school ready and excited about the next steps of teaching!

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MAC Teaching Artist Roster

February 15, 2018

7 new artists

Seven Maine Artists Added to Arts Commission’s Teaching Roster

Maine Arts Commission’s roster provides additional resources for teachers and schools

AUGUSTA, ME, February 8, 2018—The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the addition of seven new artists to its online Teaching Artist Roster.  Selected by the Arts Commission through an application process, teaching artists provide greater access for teachers, schools, and community groups to area artists who are trained and knowledgeable in classroom requirements throughout Maine. The following teaching artists have been recently listed on the roster:

  • Nicole Cardano

    Nicole Cardano, an actress who teaches elementary and middle school improvisational skills as well as theatre productions and show choir. She lives in Seal Cove.

  • Emilia Dahlin, a musician who teaches students to explore literary devices in songwriting to create powerful imagery and foster a strong sense of authorship. Emilia resides in Gorham.
  • Rob Duquette, a musician and songwriter whose lessons teach themes of resilience, compassion, kindness, gratitude, and a sense of purpose. Rob is from York.
  • Emilia Dahlin

    Kal Elmore, a printmaker who collaborates with teachers to develop lessons that help students experience a new media, a new technique, and/or a different way of thinking about visual art. She is from Old Town.

  • Russell Kaback, a musician and a storyteller who writes songs that tell the story of his grandfather’s life as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor.  Through lyrics and song, students make a lasting connection with the experience of a concentration camp survivor from the Nazi era to the present. Russell resides in South Portland.
  • Dana Legawiec, an actress whose recent teachings involve grade 3-5 students in mask, improvisational, physical theatre, and yoga. She is from Bowdoinham.
  • Rob Duquette

    Tom Luther, a musician who teaches piano and multimedia art. Tom applies traditional composition, improvisation, generative, and interactive techniques in his teaching, drawing freely from his experiences in numerous musical forms.  Tom is from Union.

“We are really proud of the learning opportunities that each artist on the roster provides to our schools and communities in Maine,” said Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at the Arts Commission.

In addition to overseeing the teaching artist roster along with many other arts education programs and services offered by the Arts

Kal Elmore

Commission, Argy organizes the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Mega-Regional Conferences. Maine educators from PK-higher education are invited to participate in this year’s professional development opportunity at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, Friday, March 23 at 8:30 – 3:15 p.m.  The workshop facilitators are Maine arts educators who will have dynamic ideas to share.

Since 2011, MALI has provided opportunities for hundreds of educators with inspirational workshops, presentations, and webinars at the school, district, regional, state, and national level. More information and event registration for the 2018 MALI Mega Regional is available here.

Russell Kaback

The Maine Arts Commission currently administers the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative as part of one of its five priorities, fostering PK-12 lifelong arts education programs, in its five-year cultural plan, Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture. To learn more about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207/287-2713.

Dana Legaweic

Tom Luther

The Maine Arts Commission supports artists, art organizations, educators, policy makers, and community developers in advancing the arts in Maine. For more than 50 years the Commission has encouraged and stimulated public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; has worked to expand the state’s cultural resources; and encouraged and assisted freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

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Each Kindness

February 14, 2018

Jacqueline Woodson

For Valentine’s Day the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jacqueline Woodson, reading from her book, Each Kindness. Please be kind today to those who need it most.

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Congressional Art Awards

February 13, 2018

Students selected

Congratulations to all the Maine students who submitted a work of art and to their teachers who worked with them.

The following Maine students are recognized for their submissions and their work will be shown in the State House, April 2 – May 14, 2018

DISTRICT 1

Winner – Galen Gaze, 12th grade, Toucanana, Brunswick High School Teacher: Colleen Kearney-Graffam

 

1st runner up – Benjamin Folsom, 12th grade, Disperse, Falmouth High School, Teacher: Susan Morse

 

2nd runner up – Rachel Walton, 11th grade, Narcissus, Yarmouth High School, Teacher: Holly Houston

 

 

Honorable Mention- Chelsea Zhao, 12th grade, Lost in Thought, Falmouth High School, Teacher: Susan Morse

 

 

Honorable Mention – Galen Gaze, 12th grade, Innocence is Bliss, Brunswick High School, Teacher: Collen Kearney-Graffam

 

Honorable Mention – Corilie Green, 11th grade, The Greeter, Freeport High School, Teacher: Kimberly Medsker-Mehalic

 

DISTRICT 2

Winner – Isobel Straub, 12th grade, Wait, Rangeley Lakes Regional High School, Teacher: Maryam Emami

 

1st runner up – Pauline Han, 10th grade, Pale Light, Hebron Academy, Teacher: Celeste LaForme

 

2nd runner– Lizzie Dunn, 11th grade, Sense of Chaos, Houlton Jr Sr High School, Teacher: Cindy Mooers

 

Honorable Mention- Cara Hu, 11th grade, Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, Hebron Academy, Teacher: Michael Tholen

 

Honorable Mention – Jasmine Weiang Li, 11th grade, The Chief’s Wife, Hebron Academy, Teacher: Sara Wilmont

 

Honorable Mention – Yuqing Mao, 11th grade, Inheritance of Life, Gould Academy Teacher: Lauren Head

 

 

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Summer Learning Opportunities

February 12, 2018

Burnt Island Light Station

The Maine Department of Marine Resources is offering three, accredited professional development opportunities for teachers this summer at the Burnt Island Light Station.

WORKSHOPS OFFERED

  • Mindfulness through Nature Journaling
  • Lobster Maineiah – An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Watercolors Across the Curriculum

The syllabi is located at www.maine.gov/dmr/burntisland/courses/index.htm.

All activities are aligned with the Common Core, Maine Learning Results, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Two of the workshops were designed with the needs of art teachers in mind.

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Global Teacher Prize

February 11, 2018

Inspiring stories

In 2015 the first Global Teacher Prize was awarded and the recipient was a Maine educator, Nancie Atwell, the founder of The Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb. Nancie is the author of In the Middle, now in its third edition and several other books. The award is presented to a teacher and “serves to underline the importance of educators.”

The Global Teacher award is $1m, provided by the Varkey Foundation. The finalists (10 each year) are very inspiring – I suggest that you listen to them, especially if you’re looking for a lift to start off February! and you can listen to their fabulous stories.

 

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