Category Archives: teaching artists

What the *##@** is a Teaching Artist?

I’ve worked in the arts in education field most of my career, but it’s only been in the last 15 years or so that “what I do in the classroom” has been given an official and completely baffling moniker: teaching … Continue reading

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A recap of my recent all-school residency

  Last Friday was the “culminating assembly share” for a rather remarkable all-school residency.  As a children’s book author, I do lots of school visits.  Usually, it’s a quick in and out, a one-day visit.  But this visit became a … Continue reading

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historic preservation project

A new project in which I’m involved has me buzzing! The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is developing an exciting collaboration between a group of teaching artists and curators at four historic state museums.  The museums include the Prudence Crandall … Continue reading

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The test, the test

Right now in Connecticut, elementary and middle school students are slogging through the Connecticut Mastery Tests.  These tests, designed with good intentions, have become a huge issue for many students, teachers, parents and administrators. For principals whose schools depend on … Continue reading

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Worms on the go…

Yesterday my compost worms were back at school.  Here are some highlights of their visit with the kindergarteners.   Once the story finished, the kids sat down to write a sentence about one thing they learned.  

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Page Two

A weepy day of rain.  One sparrow sits on my empty birdfeeder sheltered from the weather.  I want to make it a tiny rain poncho, roomy enough to fly.      

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First Page

This pseudo-vacation week has been unsettling.  First, it was no school, and now it seems that some towns have half-school, others full-school, and others vacation.  As someone who works “freelance” in schools, doing workshops and author talks, this was always … Continue reading

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