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Art and Education

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Add Creative Writing to Your Lesson Plans: Five Engaging Strategies

May 6th, 2014

By Monica Fuglei Working creative writing into the classroom curriculum can be difficult, but it is incredibly worthwhile and can give students new ways of seeing academics and the world in general. Consider dedicating some classroom time to these quick and easy …

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Teaching Thanksgiving in the Classroom: Truth Vs. Myth

October 22nd, 2013

by Monica Fuglei As a young child, I was fairly sure Christopher Columbus crashed into Plymouth Rock and hosted the first Thanksgiving. In middle school, I learned that the Plymouth colonists shared a meal with the Wampanoag tribe, having what was considered …

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Exploring Perspective: Three Writing Exercises for High School Students

October 1st, 2013

By Monica Fuglei Encouraging students to explore perspective or expand critical thinking can be a daunting task, but is an essential skill and reflects high school Common Core Standards in literacy and writing. While fairly open-ended, these exercises can be adapted to …

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Zombie-based Learning

September 24th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei In Zombieland, rule number one might be cardio — but for teachers, the number one rule is that the undead are a powerful teaching tool. From geography to math, science and even writing, zombies are an excellent way to …

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Comic Books in the Classroom? How Reading and Writing Comics Boosts Literacy

August 19th, 2013

by Monica Fuglei Teaching is a tough job, and teaching literacy in underserved areas can be particularly challenging. With an increased focus on student performance, many teachers must push literacy for their students but can sometimes meet resistance from disinterested students who …

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Five Activities to Celebrate and Teach Thanksgiving in the Classroom

November 16th, 2012

Although the celebration of Thanksgiving goes back to the days of the pilgrims, it did not become an official holiday until 1941. That is when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November to be the official national day …

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Tale of Two Bills

October 24th, 2011

This month California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two bills that directly affect the arts. One is a step in a positve direction, the other, a crushing blow.   California Assembly Bill 1330 marks a huge victory for advocates of vocational …

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The Right Thing versus The Smart Thing

October 21st, 2011

What if doing the right thing means not doing the smart thing? We are currently living in a time when our decisions, our actions and the way we operate may be totally out of sync with our belief system and integrity level. …

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Listen

October 12th, 2011

The passing of Steve Jobs has generated a slew of text, blogs, op/eds and commentaries regarding his legendary status. If there is one constant in all the rhetoric it is that Jobs was a unequivocal visionary. “True visionary, icon, genius, prominent visionary”, …

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Seriously Flawed

September 28th, 2011

Last week President Obama announced changes to the mandates of the policy “No Child Left Behind’. The Feds have admitted that the flawed policy has fallen short of its goals and perhaps educational reform is best left up to each individual state. …

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Public Art or Public Shame?

September 21st, 2011

You have to wonder about an entity that handles millions of dollars a year in commissions and grants awarded to creative, groundbreaking cultural endeavors and yet fails to recognize the glaringly appalling history of a highly commissioned artist.   In June, The …

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The Heart of an Educator

September 14th, 2011

On August 31 School Superintendent Larry Powell retired from his position as head of the Fresno Unified School District. Not headline news unless you take into consideration that as a condition of his retirement, Powell agreed to be hired back by the …

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A Visionary

August 29th, 2011

Every day this week our local newspaper has devoted a headline to Apple, Steve Jobs, his successor, or as today’s headline screamed, “Defining a Visionary”- a story that listed the next five “candidates” for the position of world tech visionary leader. The …

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First Week of School

August 19th, 2011

The first week of school is almost over. New faces, new schedules, new kids; same room, same budget, same constraints. I’m already exhusted and the kids looked tired on day one. Part of it lies in the fact that one day we …

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The New Normal

August 11th, 2011

Since the beginning of the Great Recession our country has witnessed a plunge in the housing market, a rise in unemployment, roller coaster stocks, global economic defaults, ever increasing oil prices and a federal government that resembles the characters from Wonderland. Every …

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My Line

July 20th, 2011

We worked without a raise in pay or increase in benefits for seven years- because we were told that it would prevent massive layoffs. And still teachers lost their jobs. Then we accepted larger class sizes- because we were assured that doing …

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All About Integrity

July 13th, 2011

In my next life I want to come back as someone with no integrity. It seems like those who have the least integrity garish the most rewards in this life. Case in point- Steve Lodge- ex police chief of Santa Clara County, …

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Bravo Capitol One!

July 5th, 2011

I opened my Capitol One credit card statement this month and there he was – Alec Baldwin. Baldwin is the celebrity spokesperson for Americans for the Arts and he is working with Capitol One to increase funding for arts programs across the …

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The Learning Gap

June 27th, 2011

I was having lunch with a colleague of mine who is retiring in a few days. “So, what will you do with all your free time now?” I asked her. “I’m going to take a course or a class.”  She replied.  “I …

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Misinformation

June 23rd, 2011

Despite all the technology and “transparency” that increased communication has brought us, the misconceptions regarding the teaching profession continue to thrive. Just today I received a Facebook post which stated that the teaching profession is pretty good- after all “your job is …

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