Archive for the ‘Fine Arts’ Category

  • Implementing Art Across the Curriculum

    on May 26, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies • with Comments

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    I started teaching back in the days when supplies were limited and you saved everything. I remember days when I taught kindergarten with only toilet paper rolls, markers and a package of rainbow construction paper, which was expected to last for the first nine weeks, with the possibility of getting wiggle eyes to add to the pot the second nine weeks. With the introduction of the internet (yes, I remember the time when it was first introduced) the variety of ideas and lesson plans is immeasurable! Yet, with that positive increase comes the increase of

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  • The International Teacher: Constructionists, Iterations, Flow in my Classroom

    on Feb 10, 15 • in Featured, Fine Arts, Series, The International Teacher • with Comments

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    Do not cite deep magic to me…I was there when it was written.” (Chronicles of Narnia);   By Melissa Kandido Melissa Kandido teaches IB Art, IB History, IB English, & IB Geography for middle and upper grades at the Windhoek International School in Windhoek, Namibia.  She is sharing with us her experiences and adventures this year as an international educator and IB teacher.    Today was mock exam day for my International Baccalaureate Art Students. Sounds pretty boring and rather mundane, right? Not for my art students! I am bent on the Constructionist theory of teaching

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  • Broken Beauties—the Art of Brokenness

    on Feb 6, 15 • in Featured, Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Series, The International Teacher • with Comments

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    By Guest Writer Melissa Kandido Melissa Kandido teaches IB Art, IB History, IB English, & IB Geography for middle and upper grades at the Windhoek International School in Windhoek, Namibia.  She is sharing with us her experiences and adventures this year as an international educator and IB teacher.  The synthesis work I gave to my IBDP12 (International Baccalaureate Diploma Year 12) students was part of an art-appreciation and visual rendering of an idea that developed during a class discussion about old art. It began with what develops character in a piece. I asked them about perfection.

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  • Latest and Greatest Apps: Green Screen & Open Gallery

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

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    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

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    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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