If you’re into ukelele music, you most likely have heard of Jake Shimabukuro. If not, you’re in for a real treat. This video tells the heartfelt story of a musical sensation whose virtuoso skills on the ukelele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential as he touches the lives of the young and old who inspire his brilliance. The film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family. The title of this video is “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” and the I.D. number is2394. Borrow it for a month by clicking here.
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New York Time’s writer Michael Sokolove recently returned to his alma mater, Truman High, to write, “The Real-Life ‘Glee’ in Levittstown, Pa.” Central to the article is Lou Volpe, his former teacher who directed an outstanding drama program in an otherwise unremarkable town. The article holds lessons for all teachers who want to make a real impact on students.
As Volpe retires after more than 40 years of teaching, the words of former students help define effective teaching. For example, Volpe had applauded Sokolove’s writing as a student by simply asking, “Has anyone ever told you that you’re a good writer?” and making Sokolove aware of his talents beyond the athletic field. Volpe calls Mariela Castillo, who is challenged by a working class background and remedial classes attributed to childhood leukemia, one of his most talented actresses. Of him she says: “In theater, everything is staged and organized. It goes in order and fits together. I’ve seen how Mr. Volpe is so brilliant at that, and it’s helped me organize my life in the same way.”
Of Volpe’s relationship with students, Sokolove writes, “At a certain moment, he knew them better than they knew themselves. That is what gifted, intuitive teachers do. What they say doesn’t have to be that profound — just well timed and well aimed. Their words go to a place that no other teacher, and no parent, has touched.” As the article reveals, Volpe’s gifts are hard won through self-motivated professional development, self-exploration, and recognition of students’ potential. Read entire article.
Whether you integrate arts/drama into your teaching or just want to be inspired by the magic of stage and the wisdom of playwright George Bernard Shaw, you’ll want watch the new PBS documentary, The Shaw Festival: Behind the Scenes, on WGBY this Friday, July 19, at 9:30p. The film captures a unique approach to theatre in one of North America’s longest-running and most distinctive dramatic experiences. By following the process of getting plays from the page to the stage, you — and students — can gain insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival as well as the genius of Shaw. Watch a preview.
The documentary’s site has the following engaging classroom activities for grades 6-8, complete with useful links, bonus videos and downloadable pdfs: Radical Rebel with a Cause, Lights, Camera, Action! Build It!, Shaw Says, Music and Movement.
Among the video resources within these activities, you’ll find those from PBS LearningMedia, which has many more resources on related topics and those from The Annie on Broadway Education Initiative, including short videos from individuals (e.g., director, set designer, choreographer) who explain their roles in the 2012 production of The Musical Annie.
Just because it’s summer, we’d like to share Independent Lens: Between the Folds for your learning pleasure. (And shouldn’t what too many would see as an oxymoron — learning and pleasure — be our goal in teaching?)
In this video you’ll watch an origami artist turn a flat square of paper into a three dimensional creation that’s magical! From a minimalist single crease to mathematical calculations to realistic creature, origami fascinates. Around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.
BETWEEN THE FOLDS chronicles 10 of their stories. Featuring interviews with and insights into the practice of these intrepid paper folders, the film opens with three of the world’s foremost origami artists, moves to less conventional artists, and also features advanced mathematicians and a remarkable scientist who received a MacArthur Genius Award for his computational origami research. The Independent Lens site also offers links to the history of origami, behind-the-scenes information about the film and filmmakers and background on the origami artists.
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, tagged arts, classroom, digital literacy, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, pbs learningmedia, professional development on February 28, 2013 |
The Teaching Channel delivers videos for teachers over various platforms, including the Internet. In addition to showcasing inspiring teachers, Teaching Channel hosts a community for educators to share ideas and best practices and to enhance their knowledge. For example, Teaching Channel Presents and PBS LearningMedia provide materials that can help teach students to become proactive digital citizens.
You can preview the Teaching Channel Presents episode Digital Literacy in the Classroom, which show students learning how to become proactive digital citizens. From understanding safe behavior online to learning how to find reliable sources to seeing how online activity leaves a lasting identity trail — these lessons are designed to develop critical thinking skills. You can search the Teaching Channel’s schedule and watch other full one-hour episodes such as Teaching Math to the Core, Connecting the Arts to Academics, Middle School and The New Teacher Experience. Check out the preview below:
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged arts, classroom, common core, curriculum, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, history, lesson plan, pbs, pbs learningmedia, shakespeare, video, WGBY, writing on February 15, 2013 |
Recently, you might have seen Shakespeare Uncovered take on Hamlet and The Tempest. This great series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of celebrated hosts such as Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons and Joely Richardson to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
We invite you to see Shakespeare Uncovered as a series of splendid “short courses” made easy with episodes available for streaming. Designed for immediate use in high school classrooms, an educator site provides a robust collection of lesson plans and curricular materials — which adhere to national learning standards – and contain video segments, comprehensive instructions for classroom implementation, printable student handouts, links to online resources, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Just a few of the lessons for grades 9-12 are Talking to Myself: Hamlet’s Soliloquies, All the Globe’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Theatre and Women’s Roles in As You Like It. PBS LearningMedia, a digital library for teachers, also has scores of classroom resources on Shakespeare for grades 6-13+.
Take a tour of 36 great museums across America without leaving your classroom! The tour includes museums that cover history and culture, fine arts, science and industry. Besides a look at the various displays, there is behind-the-scene footage of the men and women who makes our museums a national treasure. The video album is called Great Museums(I.D. 2329). Borrow this 2-DVD set for a month by clicking here.
Are you anxious to try some new and innovative techniques this year to engage your students and prepare them for the 21st century? In October, Teaching Channel Presents and PBS LearningMedia invite the educational community in our region to observe master teachers do just that. You can learn how to incorporate digital literacy, the common core standards, the arts, and science technology into your classroom. (Season 2 premieres on WGBY World on Sunday, September 23 at 5:00a.m.)
Now in its second season, Teaching Channel Presents is a groundbreaking series showcasing inspired teaching in America’s K-12 classrooms. Each weekly one-hour episode focuses on a compelling issue facing education today, a wide variety of topics including the New Teacher Experience, Bullying, The Common Core State Standards, Digital Literacy, and the Arts. For more information and a free online library of more than 500 videos featuring real teachers in real classrooms, please visit http://www/teachingchannel.org.
For now, check out one of their videos on teaching the Common Core Standards in Elementary School.
Throughout the year we strive to provide the best resources for you and your students. With the fast-approaching end of the school year, we’re aware that more than ever teachers will need some time to rest and renew. Listening to Tony Bennett and some of today’s most accomplished singers in Great Performances’ Tony Bennett: Duets II can be a great way for you to begin to relax and enjoy this time.
WGBY is rebroadcasting this production from Great Performances on Monday, June 11, at 8:00 pm when Tony Bennett is joined by contemporary artists Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse. If you’ve already seen their performances, they deserve a second viewing to hear the way they blend not only their voices but also their personalities in often unexpected ways. You may even find yourself changing your mind about the talent of some of these younger songsters.
Inspiring, too, is how these performers reveal their admiration of the legendary Bennett, a performer who always “shows up” and never lets them or the audience down. Bennett’s equally generous commentary about these singers also reveals his role as a mentor who knows what to look for in great performers. You can watch a preview to see what we mean: