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TEMPO article

Posted by teachcreativity on October 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The new issue of TEMPO, the magazine of the NJ Association for Music Education, features my article "Is It Ever Too Early to Start Learning Music? E-I-E-I-No!"


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Gotta love that kindergarten humor!

Posted by teachcreativity on October 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A kindergarten student told me a joke today:

"When did the chicken cross the street?"

"When?" I asked.

"Get it?" he said, and then laughed uproariously.


The "Manifesto for Children"

Posted by teachcreativity on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've admired the educator and creativity researcher E. Paul Torrance for a long time. This article explores how his "Manifesto for Children" has influenced my teaching.



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No more sore throats!

Posted by teachcreativity on September 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

My latest article in "Teachers Net Gazette" (teachersnetgazette.com) shares some of my hard-earned wisdom on preventing the bane of music teachers everywhere, sore throats!

A New School Year’s Resolution: Stop Getting Sore Throats! 10 Tips

By Abigail Flesch Connors

 You probably think this is a resolution you can’t keep, b...

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Laughing makes him sneeze

Posted by teachcreativity on August 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At the end of each music class I bring out a puppet who sometimes sings a song or tells a joke. Then I take the puppet around to individual children around the circle for them to feed the puppet. I forget where I learned this routine, long ago, but children respond to it very enthusiastically.

Yesterday I had an elephant puppet and I had a spontaneous inspiration to make him sing and speak in a deep, low voice with a Brtish ...

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Maybe it was a Miami Dolphin?

Posted by teachcreativity on August 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day we were playing a game where we were pretending our shakers were fish. After our fishes had been swimming, diving, swimming fast, swimming slow, etc., I asked the children (a group of four-year-olds) what else the fish could do. A little boy held the shaker up behind his shoulder and said, "Throw a football!" as he demonstrated the movement. The other children loved it and after that the fishes played tennis and other games!

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"Never Say No to Creativity"

Posted by teachcreativity on July 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My new article in Creativity Portal talks about practical, everyday ways we can encourage children's creative thinking:



A special trick

Posted by teachcreativity on July 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I was so happy today when a little girl named Allie showed some real creative thinking. Alllie, a four-year-old, is usually pretty quiet, but today when we were passing around the tom-tom drum for the children to play however they wished, Allie asked me if she could do a "special trick." I said of course. She said, "I have to stand up for it," which was already thinking outside the box since we always sat for this kind of activity.

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Laurie Davis

Posted by teachcreativity on July 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night I went to a wonderful performance by my friend Laurie Davis. Last night Laurie sang pop music, including her original songs, but she also writes songs for young children, She's also a preschool teacher and a music teacher... busy lady! Her CD's are available on CD Baby and they are excellent. I've used them in my classes and kids love them.

The Pinocchio Effect

Posted by teachcreativity on July 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's my new article in Teacher's Net Gazette about bringing life to read-aloud stories: