"The Dynamic Classroom" course Join us on Cape Cod this Summer

"The Dynamic Classroom: Engaging All Students through the Arts" is coming to Barnstable from July 30-August 3, 2018. Jeff Billard and Keith Caldwell, through Fitchburg State University and the Cape Cod Collaborative, will be offering "The  Dynamic   Classroom : Engaging All Students through the Arts," during the week of July 30-Aug 3 at Barnstable United Elementary School. Save the dates! This is a hands-on, participation-based course that provides ideas for engaging all students, including those with disabilities and diverse learning styles, through collaborative and cooperative learning as well as instructional strategies that can be implemented in your classes right away upon your return to school next fall. The course is designed for TEACHERS OF ALL GRADES AND ALL LEVELS.  In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or need more information! I also encourage you to chat with a colleague who has taken one of our courses with us - I thi

The Dynamic Classroom coming to Cape Cod in July, 2018


Can Creativity Be Taught?

By virtue of our humanity, we are all creative beings.  Creativity is as much a part of us as is our very heart, soul, and mind.  So, creativity itself need not be taught.  What CAN be taught are ways to recognize, develop, and nurture that creativity within us.  Students can learn (or re-learn in many cases) that they are indeed creative.  Students can learn to rediscover the inner child.  Students can learn to think creatively and critically.  So, as teachers we certainly can teach how to explore our innate creativity, how to think creatively, and how to use our imagination to foster an open mind, heart, and spirit.

As I See It

​My philosophy of teaching is simple: make learning relevant and fun. As a teacher of high school English, my goal is to help my students to become better communicators. The desired outcomes in my classroom, then, go beyond simple recall and identification. Rather, the students need to develop ways to communicate effectively on an interpersonal as well as an intrapersonal level. That is, students must be trained to be independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers who can tap their creative and imaginative potential. Simply put, they must develop their thinking, writing, reading, and speaking skills - and creativity. To achieve this, it is critical that the students see the relevance of what they are learning, and have some fun learning it. Realistically, not every student is going to find everything that is taught in my classroom relevant all the time, and not every student is going to enjoy every lesson, every method and every activity. Nevertheless, it is reasonable to try
Art Therapy Teaches Students to Engage Constructively with Their Emotions This article on Lesley University's website provides yet another testimony to the power of the arts in education

Teaching Through The Arts: "Gamification" I Like the Sound of That and So Wil...

Teaching Through The Arts: "Gamification" I Like the Sound of That and So Wil... : Walk into many high school classrooms a few minutes before class starts and what will you see? A large number of students will be on their c...

"Gamification" I Like the Sound of That and So Will Students

Walk into many high school classrooms a few minutes before class starts and what will you see? A large number of students will be on their cell phones, iPads, etc. and many of those will be playing games. So if they like playing games (and who doesn't?), then shouldn't we be figuring out how to take advantage of this in the learning process? Like making a worksheet into a "playsheet" perhaps. In her article "Beyond the Worksheet: Playsheets, GBL, and Gamification" (I love that term), Educational Technology Specialist Alice Keeler discusses how using electronic devices to play learning games in class has become a hot topic in education.  She defines the following terms as " GBL [Game Based Learning] is when students play games to learn content. Gamification is the application of game based elements to non-game situations." Keller also  goes on to discuss the use of playsheets instead of worksheets; it's a thought-provoking argument that may