Posts Tagged ‘articles’


Two Good Articles

August 22, 2016

Edutopia article

Edutopia is a website published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Screen Shot 2016-08-21 at 8.14.22 PMFounded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation “celebrates and encourages innovation” in K-12 schools.

This is an interesting article called Learning From the Band Director, written by Dr. Rob Furman, published by Edutopia. He includes a list of what any teacher can learn from the band director. I include #2 below. You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.

Performance- Based Learning: Music directors have always been driven by performance-based learning. The learning process in a band room is based on projects. The need to prepare for a concert, a small ensemble performance or a solo act is the definition of performance or project-based learning. Band directors teach the art and science of music, as they are preparing their students for their performances. Students know that each of them is responsible to the group as a whole.

A second article called Creating an Ecology of Wonder written by Stacey Goodman, an artist and educator from California. He believes that the best way to “cultivate imagination and wonder is through art”. He includes six ways to cultivation the ‘learning ecology’, as her refers to it. I include #4 below. You can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.

Create Assessments That Reward Good Questions, Not Just Good Answers                    What if we framed our exams as a series of answers and asked our students to ask questions? How do we take rote, clichéd statements such as, “Columbus discovered America in 1492,” and reveal them to be fraught with more misinformation than relevant information. Asking the right questions is the basis of good scholarship and query, and these questions are motivated by wonder.


Summer Reading: Articles – Resources

June 19, 2013

Below are several resources that you might find helpful and useful to your teaching. THANK YOU to everyone who emails links to interesting articles, research, and in general SOME REALLY GREAT STUFF! to share with others!


Articles, Resources, Ideas, Opportunities

December 14, 2012

Passed my way recently

Below are resources and information that you might find useful.

  • From Education Week an article called A+ Schools Arts and Other ‘Essentials’ written by Erik W. Robelen. In Oklahoma City they are solving math equations during math class. Ten years ago the idea started in a few schools and has grown to 70 today. Read about the A+ Schools network by clicking here.
  • Free professional development resources from Crayola. To learn more click here.
  • What’s Going on in this Picture? The NY Times Education section provides the chance for learning where they include photos and ask what is going on. The same question that we find in the Visual Thinking Strategy program. You can post what you think and read what others think. You can check out the article by clicking here.
  • Opportunity for students to create and for schools to benefit. Check out the vimeo with the information by clicking here.
  • This is fascinating and you will wonder “how did they do that?”. Check out Beautiful Bacteria: How to Make Art From E. Coli written by Claire O’Neill, posted October 23, 2012 by clicking here.
  • Carnegie Hall commissioned WolfBrown to conduct research to explore the potential of music and musicians in making a difference in the lives of young people in the juvenile justice system. “May the Songs I Have Written Speak for Me” is the essay that was written as a result. You can learn more by clicking here.
  • Arts integration has great potential. This blog post located on the Teaching Channel Beyond Engagement: Changing How our Students Express Learning written by Lily Jones, November 6, 2012. Lily was a K/1 teacher and committed to making learning fun for teachers and students. This post is about integration and her awareness comes through in her statement: “I started off thinking of arts integration as an engagement strategy. But I soon realized it was so much more than that. When students learn through the arts, they are able to express their content knowledge in new ways.” Click here for the article.
  • Keith Haring’s interactive coloring book.
  • Read about how the opera is providing professional development for FL teachers in this article written by Stephanie Parra posted October 2, 2012 by clicking here. Music teacher from Miami Central High School said: “I want them to learn the technique of singing without a microphone and using their voice as a complete instrument; that’s what my students need to do.”

Interesting Tid-Bits

June 27, 2011

Not sure where these came from but they have been in “draft” position for some time. Combining them into one post for your convenience.

  • Article, February 4, 2011, called Working with Your Hands by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing.
  • Interesting site called Creative Directions about integrating the arts, mostly drama, with other content. There are resources listed as well.
  • This is a terrific article, March 31, 2011, Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities by Tony Golsby-Smith. Harvard Business Review. I LOVE this, part of the article: Innovation. If you want out-of-the-box thinking, you need to free up people’s inherent creativity. Humanists are trained to be creative and are uniquely adapted to leading creative teams. (A case in point: Steve Jobs, who openly acknowledges how studying the beautiful art of calligraphy led him to design the Macintosh interface.)
  • Article came through in Education Week under the topic of The Futures of School Reform. It’s called 21st Century Education Requires Lifewide Learning and was written by Chris Dede, April 12, 2011.
  • This is from November 2, 2010 but I found it interesting. How to Make a Humanoid Robot Dance, by Erico Guizzo, Inside Technology Spectrum, Automation.
  • From Education Week, Untangling Hip-Hop for the Classroom, by Floyd D. Beachum, February 7, 2011.
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