Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Wrap Up- 10/28/16


In the Arts this week:

  • Teachers at Durfee supported students through a stressful lock down situation, and I would like to commend you for what I saw and felt.  As much as we plan as leaders to have systems in place, it is always that "what do you do in the moment" feeling that takes over when teachers are asked to lock down a classroom. And our teachers acted- they made sure our kids were accounted for and safe.  They comforted students.  They continued this support in advisory, and even shared some ideas with me that came from the kids around safety at Durfee.  Art teachers Barbara Mullen and Ana Arsenio are facilitating some positive message installation work to be displayed in the building, so students have an opportunity to celebrate the good as they reflect on their "Day in the Life at Durfee."  I cannot thank these teachers enough- Mark, Ana, Barbara, Matt, Gary, Lara Beth and Erin- Our kids are lucky to have you as educators, fellow artists, musicians, performers and mentors.
  • The focus for the work ahead is a combination of teacher professional practice goals and the information relayed from the Learning Walks..  Here is an exert from the last walk that I would like for us to all dig into as we plan:

    • Establish the consistent practice of “talking like an artist/musician or performer.”   Students need to hear this academic talk consistently throughout the period to reinforce their own ability to think and communicate within your content.  While I see teachers using the lesson specific vocabulary in the delivery of the lesson, it is not yet evident across the district that we are consistently reinforcing that academic language throughout the work period. 
    • This reinforcement of use of academic vocabulary can happen during check ins, feedback to students, and tasks that we plan involving student to student talk.
    • Develop and implement cycles of rigorous learning, through challenging tasks for students that allow for learning that is rich in your content, requiring students to dig deep into those areas of Blooms above and beyond identification/application.  I cannot stress this enough- plan tasks that cycle from the bottom of the triangle (shown on page one) to the top!  That “cycle of rigorous planning” allows for students to learn the basics, and then dive into application, analysis and creation/composition.
  • As I reflect on my observations and the discussions I had with your students, I think that our work lies in mapping a cycle of rigorous curriculum for our students, and designing lesson plans and tasks that ask our students to:
    • Make art or music
    • Express themselves visually or through music using the Elements and Principles of Design and/or Components of Musicianship
    • And be able to defend their reasoning and choice making in these processes, using specific content vocabulary.
    Mapping focus: 
    • Map Tasks that BUILD in Rigor: Map vertically so that students are not asked to perform similar tasks across multiple grade levels (building in rigor).  For example, students should be learning basic color theory in the elementary grades, but the planned tasks for middle and high school grades should not stop at basic application of color theory, but to a specific purpose, ie: to render value, represent shape.. By the time a student gets to 9th grade, they have visited and revisited color theory.  Likewise, for music, students in elementary school can and do learn basic notation skills, but by high school, the planned tasks should be rigorous enough that the work builds upon the skill built in K-8.  Accountable Talk and Writing in the Arts: Plan time in tasks that allow for students to write and talk about their work and the work of others.

Coming Up!
  • The Fine and Performing Arts Family will be working together during specific times during the November 8th PD Day.  Please see the weekly email attachment for more details.  Also, please communicate with your building leaders to confirm that you will be able to attend.
  • Durfee Teachers- Please make sure you have filled in the Google Form for choosing a "Major" for the 11/8 DHS PD Day.  Let me know if you have any questions!  A few of us will be presenting, so in that case, you would answer N/A- presenting, but will have other open slots for the remainder of the day.
  • The Michael Troy Show at the Narrows!  This is coming up!  I would love to see as many of us there supporting the Durfee Music Program!  Here is the information!  


  • Middle and Secondary Art Teachers: Scholastic Art and Writing time will be upon us very soon! I want to see as many students submit as possible (most do not pay to submit as they are free/red lunch)!  We had a good showing for high school, but not yet from the middle school- LET'S DO THIS!!! http://www.artandwriting.org/

On the Calendar:
Monday: CPT Kuss 7:30
Tuesday: Morton CPT 8:00, Durfee
Wednesday: 8:00 E. Martin UMD Observations
Thursday: CPT Talbot 1:10,  Durfee CPT- Music/Art Group Together
Friday: Doran CPT 8:00, HLCS Visit, Music Itinerant CPT 12:15


11/6- Michael Troy Benefit Concert at the Narrows!
11/8- PD Day
11/10- Term 1 ends!
11/11- No School- Veteran's Day


Thank you!
Jackie


In the Arts this week:

  • Teachers at Durfee supported students through a stressful lock down situation, and I would like to commend you for what I saw and felt.  As much as we plan as leaders to have systems in place, it is always that "what do you do in the moment" feeling that takes over when teachers are asked to lock down a classroom. And our teachers acted- they made sure our kids were accounted for and safe.  They comforted students.  They continued this support in advisory, and even shared some ideas with me that came from the kids around safety at Durfee.  Art teachers Barbara Mullen and Ana Arsenio are facilitating some positive message installation work to be displayed in the building, so students have an opportunity to celebrate the good as they reflect on their "Day in the Life at Durfee."  I cannot thank these teachers enough- Mark, Ana, Barbara, Matt, Gary, Lara Beth and Erin- Our kids are lucky to have you as educators, fellow artists, musicians, performers and mentors.
  • The focus for the work ahead is a combination of teacher professional practice goals and the information relayed from the Learning Walks..  Here is an exert from the last walk that I would like for us to all dig into as we plan:

    • Establish the consistent practice of “talking like an artist/musician or performer.”   Students need to hear this academic talk consistently throughout the period to reinforce their own ability to think and communicate within your content.  While I see teachers using the lesson specific vocabulary in the delivery of the lesson, it is not yet evident across the district that we are consistently reinforcing that academic language throughout the work period. 
    • This reinforcement of use of academic vocabulary can happen during check ins, feedback to students, and tasks that we plan involving student to student talk.
    • Develop and implement cycles of rigorous learning, through challenging tasks for students that allow for learning that is rich in your content, requiring students to dig deep into those areas of Blooms above and beyond identification/application.  I cannot stress this enough- plan tasks that cycle from the bottom of the triangle (shown on page one) to the top!  That “cycle of rigorous planning” allows for students to learn the basics, and then dive into application, analysis and creation/composition.
  • As I reflect on my observations and the discussions I had with your students, I think that our work lies in mapping a cycle of rigorous curriculum for our students, and designing lesson plans and tasks that ask our students to:
    • Make art or music
    • Express themselves visually or through music using the Elements and Principles of Design and/or Components of Musicianship
    • And be able to defend their reasoning and choice making in these processes, using specific content vocabulary.
    Mapping focus: 
    • Map Tasks that BUILD in Rigor: Map vertically so that students are not asked to perform similar tasks across multiple grade levels (building in rigor).  For example, students should be learning basic color theory in the elementary grades, but the planned tasks for middle and high school grades should not stop at basic application of color theory, but to a specific purpose, ie: to render value, represent shape.. By the time a student gets to 9th grade, they have visited and revisited color theory.  Likewise, for music, students in elementary school can and do learn basic notation skills, but by high school, the planned tasks should be rigorous enough that the work builds upon the skill built in K-8.  Accountable Talk and Writing in the Arts: Plan time in tasks that allow for students to write and talk about their work and the work of others.

Coming Up!
  • The Fine and Performing Arts Family will be working together during specific times during the November 8th PD Day.  Please see the weekly email attachment for more details.  Also, please communicate with your building leaders to confirm that you will be able to attend.
  • Durfee Teachers- Please make sure you have filled in the Google Form for choosing a "Major" for the 11/8 DHS PD Day.  Let me know if you have any questions!  A few of us will be presenting, so in that case, you would answer N/A- presenting, but will have other open slots for the remainder of the day.
  • The Michael Troy Show at the Narrows!  This is coming up!  I would love to see as many of us there supporting the Durfee Music Program!  Here is the information!  


  • Middle and Secondary Art Teachers: Scholastic Art and Writing time will be upon us very soon! I want to see as many students submit as possible (most do not pay to submit as they are free/red lunch)!  We had a good showing for high school, but not yet from the middle school- LET'S DO THIS!!! http://www.artandwriting.org/

On the Calendar:
Monday: CPT Kuss 7:30
Tuesday: Morton CPT 8:00, Durfee
Wednesday: Durfee CPT- Music/Art Groups Separate
Thursday: CPT Talbot 1:10
Friday: Doran CPT 8:00, HLCS Visit, Music Itinerant CPT 12:15


10/28- ED Plan Development Forms are Due to Evaluators- you need one form per goal!
11/6- Michael Troy Benefit Concert at the Narrows!
11/8- PD Day
11/10- Term 1 ends!
11/11- No School- Veteran's Day


Thank you!
Jackie


Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Arts WRAP Up- 10/21/16

















Collaboration and Growth:
  • Thank you all so much for reading the Learning Walk report I shared last week.  This week, I am sharing the second half of my learning- from the LW conducted this Wednesday in the 6-12th grade classrooms.  In my concluding notes from these findings, I relay an important message to the team that will guide us in our mapping work.  This was an interesting fall task for me, because it gave me a snapshot of what happens in an art, music or performing arts classroom on a given day.  I would like to express to all of you that I truly appreciate the planning, experimenting, teaching, relationship building, blood, sweat and tears that you all put into your work.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
  • The Fine and Performing Arts Family will be meeting in the afternoon during the November 8th PD Day.  Please see the email with the attachment for more details.  Also, please communicate with your building leaders to confirm that you will be able to attend.
  • Durfee Teachers- be on the look out for a sign up opportunity for the November 8th PD day..  You will be able to choose from a variety of "majors" and within these are specific courses.
Planning Ahead:
  • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, November 8th.  If you have not yet begun the text, Never Work Harder Than Your Students, please read pages 1-22 and complete the self assessment.  Good stuff!  We will begin with that information as a whole group on the PD day, and then break out into teams to continue to learn and collaborate together. The plan has been sent to you this week via email to you and your building leaders.  My preliminary plan is to have you together in the PM, and then have you start the day at schools. As always, if you need to remain at your school, please let me know!
  • Continueed from Last Week... 'Tis the Season: It's that time of year..  Scholastic Art and Writing!  Senior District Auditions!  Here are the links to the information you need: 
  1. Scholastics- I want to see as many students submit as possible (most do not pay to submit as they are free/red lunch)!  We had a good showing for high school, but not yet from the middle school- LET'S DO THIS!!!!  http://www.artandwriting.org/
  2. Senior Districts- Here is the link!  Motivate our musicians to STEP IT UP!!  http://www.mmeaeasterndistrict.org/
On the Calendar:
  • Monday: CPT Kuss 7:30, 
  • Tuesday: Morton CPT 8:00, Durfee
  • Wednesday: Durfee CPT- Music/Art Groups Separate 
  • Thursday: CPT Talbot 1:10
  • Friday: Doran CPT 8:00, HLCS Visit, Music Itinerant CPT 12:15
Planning Ahead:
  • 10/28- ED Plan Development Forms are Due to Evaluators- you need one form per goal!
  • 11/6- Michael Troy Benefit Concert at the Narrows!
  • 11/8- PD Day
  • 11/10- Term 1 ends!
  • 11/11- No School- Veteran's Day
Arts Around Us:
Support our Durfee Music Program

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday ARTS WRAP UP 10/11/16


I Am Inspired By: the "arts"work celebrated in this news report.. Watch the short clip and you will understand why!    http://www.wkyt.com/content/news?article=396967961

This teacher maps out her plans each month tied to an artistic era.  Her tasks engage students to look, think, feel and make.. Synthesis.  Whether under the tables painting like a renaissance painter or outside painting in the impressionistic style, in her planning she DARES to be different, and asks students to "embody" art and art making.  These tasks embody the arts, they challenge students to think as an artist would "in that moment."  It gets us to the "why" behind artists' purposes.

Ponder on these questions as you plan your tasks..

  • Why do musicians compose?  Why do artists sculpt, build, draw or paint?
  • How does the choice of instrument, tempo,and rhythm help "accurately" tell a story?  
  • Do students know how to tell their own stories through music or art?
  • Do we plan tasks that reach "synthesis" of style?
  • When you plan a lesson, have you ever started with the goal of synthesis in mind?
Collaboration and Growth:
  • Thank you all so much for reading the Learning Walk report I shared.  It is a huge and energizing learning experience for me as I travel across the district to your schools, and I want this learning to be shared vertically and across all grades so that all K-12 Fine and Performing Arts teachers are aware of what colleagues are working on with students and what our foci should be moving forward for growth in our continuously emerging professional practices.
  • The Grade 6-12 Learning Walk will be on Wednesday, October 19th from 8-2:30.  See you then!
  • Durfee Teachers will have their monthly department meeting on Wednesday, October 19th- we will be digging into the Ed Plan Development.  We will backwards design these so that you can plan when you will assess growth and with what tools.
Planning Ahead:
  • Professional Development Day: Tuesday, November 8th.  Please, have your self assessment done in the text, Never Work Harder Than Your Students by that day, if you could.  This can be found on pages 1-22.  Good stuff!  We will begin with that information as a whole group on the PD day, and then break out into teams to continue to learn and collaborate together. The plan will be sent to you next week in an email to you and your building leaders.  My preliminary plan is to have you together in the AM, and then have you return to schools at the break for lunch (11AM). As always, if you need to remain at your school, please let me know!
  • 'Tis the Season: It's that time of year..  Scholastic Art and Writing!  Senior District Auditions!  Here are the links to the information you need: 
  1. Scholastics- I want to see as many students submit as possible (most do not pay to submit as they are free/red lunch)!  We had a good showing for high school, but not yet from the middle school- LET'S DO THIS!!!!  http://www.artandwriting.org/
  2. Senior Districts- Here is the link!  Motivate our musicians to STEP IT UP!!  http://www.mmeaeasterndistrict.org/
On the Calendar:
  • Saturday: UMASS Band Day!  DHS Students will be performing!
  • Monday: CPT Kuss 7:30, Stone Visit
  • Tuesday: Morton CPT 8:00, Durfee
  • Wednesday: 6-12 Learning Walk, DHS Dept Meeting 2:45 in room 77
  • Thursday: CPT Talbot 1:10, Durfee, Report out Learning Walk Findings
  • Friday: Doran CPT 8:00, HLCS Visit, Music Itinerant CPT 12:15
  • Saturday: NESBA- Somerset Berklee
Arts Around Us:
My one arts event plug for the week is the most important one!!  Support our Durfee Music Program!  Sunday, November 6th at 1PM...http://narrowscenter.ticketfly.com/event/1307849-michael-troy-memorial-music-fall-river/

Have a beautiful weekend.

Jackie