Archive for the ‘Fine Arts’ Category

  • Latest and Greatest Apps: Green Screen & Open Gallery

    on Oct 1, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Year 2 of 1:1 iPad classroom is in full swing. Students have their Apple I.D.s, their workhorse apps and access to the Haiku Learning Management Platform for online class resources. It has been a slow to transition back into work flow even though they are excited to game or text chat any moment a teacher leaves them with out direction.  I decided to manage a balance  of incentives with a high bar for product and performance. I want students to want to explore learning with as much interest in the text about as they are have in who is dating who

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  • April is Poetry Month: “Look in Thy Heart and Write!”

    on Apr 21, 14 • in Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    April is Poetry Month. What should you do about this? Take advice from Sir Philip Sidney and “Look in thy heart and write.” Sidney composed “An Apology for Poetry”  (Defence of Poesie) in 1575, and in this essay he maintains poetry combines the liveliness of history with philosophy; this combination is more effective than either history or philosophy in inspiring readers. According to Sidney, poetry acts in a way that “awakens and enlarges the mind itself by rendering it the receptacle of a thousand unapprehended combinations of thought.” Sidney himself was an accomplished poet who wrote a sequence of 108 English sonnets known as “Astrophil and Stella” where Astrophil is the

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  • What If You Are Teaching the Next Picasso?

    on Jan 15, 14 • in Featured, Fine Arts, Opinion • with Comments

    Picasso's 1935 "Jeune Fille Endormie." Photo: Creative Commons.

    My wife and I just finished our honeymoon tour of Spain, and one place that put me in awe was the Museo Picasso in Barcelona. This collection showcased a completely different side of Picasso than what most are used to, including his incredible talent for classical portraits. He was so talented by the age of 14 that he outgrew even his greatest of teachers and eventually came to hate school. The young artist soon saw that school was a limit on his parameters, as he’d already mastered realism. He dropped out of school and began

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  • 97% Reading Accuracy Now, Problems Later

    on Jun 14, 13 • in Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments


    I hear the chatter from elementary school teachers: They can’t wait for reading! Oh, they love to read! When we have to cancel reading, they are so disappointed. Yet, what happens when I get the ninth graders in my class? I hear: Reading is so boring. I hate to read. I don’t like reading. What caused the change in students’ attitude towards reading? I have been attending graduate courses on reading instruction for pre-K-6 in order to find out the reason for the shift in attitudes. One of the textbooks used was Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades

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  • Museum Education: Yes, I Get Paid For This!

    on Jun 11, 13 • in Ask a Teacher, Featured, Fine Arts, From the Front Lines • with Comments

    A wild, crazy year is finally wrapping up in the NYC museum education scene. Post conference, post rush for field trips, post bus strike and post Sandy – we are all looking forward to a summer, even with the financial stretch the season brings for teachers and museum educators alike. This was my first official full year freelancing, and there is one giant misconception I have to address: Museum Education is a field, and I do get paid for this. Sounds like a strange misconception, doesn’t it?  A lot of people don’t necessarily understand what

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