Spotlight: José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema orchestra, 1939-2018

Jose Abreu, founder of El Sistema Youth Orchestra in Venezuela, died Saturday, March 24th, at the age of 78. Abreu founded the globally acclaimed El Sistema, or The System, in 1975 in a garage with just nine musicians. In an interview, Abreu said about that…

Teaching Students: The Good Stress

As teachers, it’s easy to worry about the student’s stress levels and do what we can to reduce them. It’s not hard to find evidence that there is stress in a student’s life and that it can be a barrier to learning. We trust each…

Teaching Practice – Fine and Performing Arts – Express: Finding Meaning

Why teach the arts? This is the seventh and last article that looks at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted typical reasons for taking arts – that it…

Spotlight: Mr. Whitson – Best Teacher I Ever Had

By David Owen from Reader’s Digest (Asian Edition), April 1991, 47-48, downloaded June 1 2018. Mr. Whitson taught sixth-grade science. On the first day of class, he gave us a lecture about a creature called the cattywampus, an ill-adapted nocturnal animal that was wiped out…

Teaching Practice: Beginning with the End in Mind

At the beginning of the year, imagine what the end of the year will be like. The Cheshire Cat and Alice put it well. “Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat asked, “Where do…

Fine and Performing Arts – Observe: Really Seeing, Not Just Looking

Why teach the arts? This is the sixth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted typical reasons for taking arts – that it…

Thinking about Teaching (and /or Learning): Collaborative Teaching

Teacher Squared & The Power of Two​: ​​ ​Collaborative Teaching with Notes and Insights. By Kelley Brill and Dr. Paul DeAngelis, Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida Few things can be as isolating as the profession of teaching alone in a student-filled classroom.​​ ​ ​​Teaching…

Teaching Practice: The Alphabet of Teaching 2018-19

It is August and the First Days of School are upon us. Here are the ABCs of a new year whether you are a new teacher or a long-time veteran! Abraham Lincoln said: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be…

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Teaching Practice: Aiming for Discipline instead of Punishment

There has been a move away from the idea of ‘punishing’ students for the things they do wrong. The word wrong hasn’t been wrong – students do things wrong all the time. They say they did their homework when they didn’t. They show up late…

Thinking about Teaching (and /or Learning): Flipped Lesson Resources

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Fine and Performing Arts: Observe – Really Seeing, Not Just Looking

Why teach the arts? This is the fifth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

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