Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Using Art as Inspiration for Movement

  Wiggles. We all have them and need to move frequently. How can we translate those wiggles into a language of expression? This November, I attended the 2019 American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was inspiring and left me with many ideas and new songs to teach. One session was…
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Lewis & Clark Leading Innovation – Reaching All 3rd Graders

When someone says they are a 3rd grade teacher, non-educators would assume that their responsibility is to teach those students all things a 3rd grader should know (in regards to standards). Educators will tell you that is potentially only 10% of the job. Aside from all of the non-academic learning that falls on teachers, most…
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Warren Hills – Leading Innovation Series – Ron Clark Academy

The Ron Clark Academy is a school like no other. In the Fall of 2018 a team of teachers visited the school to learn from the master teachers at RCA.  The visit was inspirational, motivational, and left us encouraged to being the work.  Upon our return to LPS we began our work to implement our…
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Orchestra- ASTA Convention

One of the sessions I attended was titled, “Help! I keep running out of bow! Strategies for Teaching Slow Music in the string orchestra classroom,” presented by Molly K. Baugh from the University of Michigan. Besides being a solid engaging presenter, Molly had lots of great tips and ideas to share. As teachers, we need…
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Student Creation with Augmented & Virtual Reality

FETC 2019 Description: Learn skills such as animating student created VR content, annotating 360 images, 3D modeling, and student help stations or tutorials using a variety of AR tools. Lastly, explore how 360 cameras such as Theta 360, Nikon KeyMission, and Google Cardboard camera can be creatively integrated in the classroom. The increase in accessibility of…
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Digital Portfolios-From Google to Bulbapp

From FETC 2019: Come see how simple and helpful it is to create a Digital Portfolio using Bulbapp. These portfolios are student-owned, allowing the students to take pride in their work. Bulbapp allows the use of text, images, embedded video, and other multimedia to make the portfolio both unique and professional. All subject areas now…
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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

FETC Session description: With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a…
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Drum, Dance, Play the American Way!

Drum, Dance, Play the American Way Chris Judah-Lauder’s workshop “Drum, Dance, Play the American Way!” was an excellent example of the  true Orff teaching method: speak, pat, play. She took us through a warm up before we played the drums, beginning on our legs. Echo imitation, tremolos, discussion of tone, bass and side. We counted…
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STEM to STEAM Presentation

Katie Fisher and Aaron Money presented at the State Education Agency Directors for Arts Education National Conference in September. The presentation spoke to resources that Liberty School District has for Arts Integration and STEAM.