Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Fiddler


I was intrigued by Ari's mention of Fiddler on the Roof, so I decided to round up a bunch of lesson plans and worksheets related to the movie and musical.

Lesson plan to use with the movie

Synopsis and discussion questions

A series of activities to use with your students

Study guide

Worksheet

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - Introduction


"Rhythm emerges from your body. Rhythm is the organizing principal of the natural world—and of our lives, too. Listen to your heartbeat. Listen to your breathing. Be aware of your footsteps. The beat is not something you have to learn. It is something you have to let come forth from your very being."
(page 8, Kindle Edition)

"Over my lifetime I had worked hard to reach my goals. Everything took effort: my writing, my teaching, my friendships, my parenting, my faith, my marriage. What if, I wondered, I applied the same energy, commitment, and hard-work ethic to the cello as I did to everything else? Could I be good? Could I be worthy of the title musician?"
(page 14, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lesson Resources on Gershwin


George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Cuban Overture

A Gershwin Celebration

Rhapsody in Blue Analysis Lessons


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together


Welcome to the newest Reading Together series. I'll be posting a summary about our reading each week on Tuesdays. Come join us!

We'll be reading The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari Goldman. You can get a copy from your local library, or pick up a copy from Amazon.

We'll read one chapter a week.
I'll post about the first installment on Tuesday, April 18. That means you have two weeks to get a copy of the book and to read the first two chapters.

The great thing about this program is that it allows us to read works together that can help us in our professional development as well as providing a level of accountability and the added interest of comparing notes as we read together.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Helping Children Succeed - Reading Together - Challenge, Deeper Learning, and Solutions


"The project of creating better environments for children growing up in adversity is, at bottom, the work of individuals."
(page 113, Kindle Edition)

"The first step is simply to embrace the idea, as those researchers did, that we can do better."
(page 114, Kindle Edition)

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