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Archive for the ‘Fine Arts’ Category

  • Why NYC Students Seeing ‘Hamilton’ Is a Big Deal

    on Nov 17, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Fine Arts, From the Front Lines, High School, Opinion, social justice, Social Justice • with Comments

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    On October 27th, a joint collaboration of The Rockefeller Foundation, The Gilder Lehrman Foundation, producer Jeffrey Seller, creator (and star) Lin-Manuel Miranda, and New York City public schools announced that they will provide a means for more than 20,000 eleventh graders to not just watch Hamilton, the hottest, most ground-breaking musical in decades – but to actually go backstage and interact with the cast after their Wednesday matinee. The show, whose average ticket price is $139 (and sold out almost entirely to the public through September) agreed to lower their ticket prices to $70, of which the foundations

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  • 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, Middle School, 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    Do not cite deep magic to me…I was there when it was written.”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, Middle School, 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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