Saturday, January 16, 2010

"the best grad course I have ever taken" coming again this summer!

Keith and I are so happy when we get feedback like that from people who have taken our courses, as we pride ourselves on giving everyone the best experience we possibly can and really want teachers to take what they have learned and put it to use in their classrooms. We are totally invested and passionate about what we do and sincerely hope that you can join us this summer.

Here are a few more responses from course participants:

We had a super week. Jeff and Keith really guided us through a journey into our creative outlets. I looked forward to coming in every day. They were all-inclusive, knowledgeable and well-prepared.

The fact that it was lunchtime before I blinked and wrap-up time before I was ready to call it a day attests to their skills in being organized and providing seamless transitions from one activity to another.

My knowledge grew exponentially. Real possibilities that I can use immediately and new ways to ask what kids can do, not what I have decided they should do.

An immense success for me as a third grade teacher--endless ideas--realistic, valuable for real classrooms and real students.

It made me look deeper into my own creativity and at the same time, the potential that lies inside each of my students.

I would make this course a requirement for all teachers and teachers-to-be!

You can read more responses by scrolling down the blog.

So to say it once again, we hope you can join us this summer.

Integrating the Arts into the Everyday Curriculum
July 12-16
Barnstable, MA

Integrating Drama and Poetry Across the Curriculum
July 19-23
Barnstable, MA


Both of these courses are open to teachers of all levels and subjects and are three Graduate level credits. They are hands-on, participation-based courses that provide ideas and strategies that can be implemented in your classes right away upon your return to school next fall. Registration information will become available on Northeastern University's website in April. In the meantime, please let us know if you are interested in enrolling, and we'll keep you updated on when and how to register.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Reflections on Northeastern University Integrated Teaching Through the Arts Course

This course was extremely successful in addressing my interests and needs. I couldn't wait to get to class every day to learn new and exciting methods of teaching. I wouldn't change a thing-you guys are amazing!

Excellent! I have never had teachers who were so willing to listen and then actually do something about it.

It was good to participate directly and experience the content as a student would experience it.

100% phenomenal! I am impressed with your skills and your willingness to live by the principles that you are teaching your students.

This was a great way to open up my thinking about boldly engaging in arts integration. This course opens up possibilities.

Jeff and Keith were positive and patient when responding to questions, supplying answers or ideas on the spot, or providing resources the following day. No questions went unanswered and all questions were welcome.

The course was very well organized and structured. A great deal of material was presented and we had time to reflect on and practice what we learned.

The course was very well organized and structured. I liked the way we moved around and got up to do a movement activity after sitting for a while. The whole day -each day-just flowed.

I look forward to using movement, art, music and poetry when working on reading comprehension skills. Right now my mind is so full; it's just swimming with many ideas!

Very successful! Giving me tools and methods to engage and motivate my students, as well as time to tie in with my own subjects was extremely valuable.

The research supporting arts integration was empowering to me. I feel "armed" to explain my ways to others. Actually learning the variety of activities/modalities was great-and just the beginning for me.

You make a fabulous team and have a nice balance. Your expertise and manner made us feel comfortable to take risks. (I never felt foolish, even when messing up!)

Really opened my eyes to how we see ourselves as teachers. The course helped me by teaching fun, easy movements, songs, improvs, etc. that can easily be immediately implemented into any class.

We had a super week. Jeff and Keith really guided us through a journey into our creative outlets. I looked forward to coming in every day. They were all-inclusive, knowledgeable and well-prepared.

The course was very successful in meeting my specific interests. I signed up for the course to become a better teacher, and I left feeling like I was overflowing with a million new ideas to try with my class.

It made me more aware of my role in the classroom and taught me that it is possible to make learning fun and interactive. I learned how to bring this much needed element to the classroom.

The instructors were amazing! They were so organized and had a wealth of information to share. I have a lot of respect for them, and I could only hope to be as knowledgeable as they are about how to bring a classroom alive.

There was an immediate connection between the ideas presented and ways I could put them into practice.

The fact that it was lunchtime before I blinked and wrap-up time before I was ready to call it a day attests to their skills in being organized and providing seamless transitions from one activity to another.

The readings and materials gave authenticity and credibility to the course. They validated everything that the instructors believed in why the arts must be integrated into the curriculum.

Our questions were always heard and honored. They modeled beautifully how to deal with student questions and concerns.

It will help me remember to include movement and creative activities in each lesson, and the importance of building community in my classroom.

My knowledge grew exponentially. Real possibilities that I can use immediately and new ways to ask what kids can do, not what I have decided they should do.




Student Reflections on Northeastern University Integrating Drama and Poetry Across the Curriculum Course

Here are some student reflections after taking our Northeastern University Integrating Drama and Poetry Across the Curriculum course.

An immense success for me as a third grade teacher--endless ideas--realistic, valuable for real classrooms and real students.

It helped me to remember how and why I went into teaching. The materials, the experiential pieces, and the collaboration empowered me.

I realized that poetry is so much more than I knew. I learned how to enhance my ability to empathize with my students.

For the first time I felt like someone was really teaching me how to "feel" poetry.

I am so excited about building the sense of community with my class using the openers, closers and energizers.

This course offered the process I need to get to the creative--the gradual, trust-building process. It provided the validation I needed to continue the great "stuff"!

This course has helped me to break out of my shell!

This has been the best grad course I have ever taken.

As a person with no experience with drama or poetry, I have always felt uncomfortable using either in my class. Now I know how to infuse both in small ways (at least to start) which will greatly help my students.

A wealth of information, easy to approach, great daily and weekly schedule of activities and projects.

I will use all the team building energizers and warm-ups to continuously build a sense of community in the classroom. This year I will be creating not just writing portfolios, but separate poetry portfolios!

It made me look deeper into my own creativity and at the same time, the potential that lies inside each of my students.

After taking this course, I will teach more poetry/writing than I ever have. I will set up a safe, warm, welcoming classroom. I will always empathize with my students. I will have warm-ups/ icebreakers (they're great!). I will do more group work.

The course was structured very well. I never found myself looking at the clock.

I would make this course a requirement for all teachers and teachers-to-be!