"I'm appreciating the exposure to the visual arts. The resource books and stories behind the art is a great tool for engaging students in the period being studied. Your step-by-step modeling (questioning) of how to look at different parts of a…"
"I'm surprised at how mixed up I get when trying to recall the dates of events--they all run together in my mind. This is an era where I still see lots of contrasting ideals clashing together and I think students would be interested in studying this…"
"I like learning about this era--the "change" in their lives parallels how quickly our world is changing today. There were so many ups and downs and new experiments that were happening while all the time a conservative backbone trying to hold it all…"
"Fun!! I forgot how much I enjoy this kind of dancing.
Jump Jim Joe--start the day movement, transition time, when kids are sleepy after lunch. A good way to get energized. Plus, it's non-threatening and a good way to mix kids up. Would also be a…"
"The Negro Spirituals and the work/energy that they represent are so similar to our daily chores and for some mimic the emotions as well! Shoveling snow, hauling water and honeybuckets, chopping wood--I can hear the students humming a low tune as…"
"Contra dance is a great team building activity. It would be wonderful as a jumpstart when students are sleepy after lunch. It would integrate well into a PE class as well as social studies because it promotes working together, rhythm and movement,…"
"I will never listen to Vivaldi in the same way! It is enjoyable to know what was happening politically and socially during the era and how it connects to the dance style. I liked the Native American greeting dance and can see how this would be a…"
I'm working with Chip, as a support system and go-fer, to bring this class to Bethel. Three cheers for Chip!! I'm looking forward to meeting Stephanie and Elizabeth to learn about music and dance throughout American history. Can't…"