|Posted by teachcreativity on October 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM||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!"Read Full Post »
|Posted by teachcreativity on October 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM||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.
|Posted by teachcreativity on October 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM||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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|Posted by teachcreativity on September 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by teachcreativity on August 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by teachcreativity on August 16, 2013 at 9:10 AM||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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|Posted by teachcreativity on July 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
My new article in Creativity Portal talks about practical, everyday ways we can encourage children's creative thinking:
|Posted by teachcreativity on July 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM||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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|Posted by teachcreativity on July 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM||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.
|Posted by teachcreativity on July 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
Here's my new article in Teacher's Net Gazette about bringing life to read-aloud stories: