Friday, September 30, 2016

Using Art to Understand Character Traits

We love hearing how teachers integrate art into their classroom curriculum, and right now we're especially loving Ms. Quinn's approach to helping her students understand how to recognize literary characters' traits.

Students represented character traits in artwork. This hands-on approach gave students who struggle with reading comprehension a different way into the text, while encouraging all students to dig deeper. Approaching the assignment from an art perspective helps students think more creatively about what defines a fictional character and how to recognize character traits. And it helps them see fictional characters as full, rounded people. 

We can't think of a better way to help students become engaged in the world of books!

Next time you're on the third floor, take a look at the final product on display. It DOES rock!

Thanks, Ms. Quinn, for making using arts integration in your classroom!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Second Graders to Perform at Fall LEAF with West African Musician Arouna Diarra

Our artist residencies this year are off to a resounding start with the announcement that Arouna Diarra will be introducing our second graders to West African folk songs and the language, music, and culture of West Africa.

The residency will culminate in a performance at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) on Sunday, October 23!

Diarra plays the n'goni and balfon, West African instruments, and sings in his native language, Bambara. He comes from Burkina Faso, a major hub of cultural and artistic significance in West Africa. He is passionate about bringing both his culture and the joy of music to young students. We're so lucky he is sharing both with our students!

Many thanks to LEAF in Schools and Streets for making this residency possible, and to Mr. Butler and the second grade team for bringing it to Claxton!

Monday, September 19, 2016

What's Coming Up?

As we settle into the new school year, keep an eye out for arts integration in your children's classrooms. Our teachers are amazing at incorporating drawing, singing, acting, music making, performing, sculpture, and other arts into the curriculum to make learning the core curriculum fun!

Meanwhile, our specialists have been hard at work planning some terrific arts assemblies and other learning opportunities.

A couple we're particularly excited about:

Giving Tree Music Interactive Drum Circle

Building community through drumming together—that's the simple message of Giving Tree Music. With an emphasis on peace and empowerment, Giving Tree will also help prepare developing Claxton student minds to understand math concepts (but don't tell them that!).

Giving Tree Music will be visiting Claxton on Tuesday, October 11. All Claxton students will get to participate during their specialist time.

Find out more about Giving Tree Music here.

West African Music with Sean Gaskell

Musician Sean Gaskell plays the kora, a 21-string harp that originated in Gambia, West Africa. Students will learn about the traditional use of the kora by oral and musical historians, who use it to pass on ancient stories of war and to praise political leaders. Students will have a chance to participate in the music-making as well! Learning about history becomes a lot more interesting when students see how it can be made into music, and our own history takes on new meaning when we learn about other cultures.

Sean Gaskell will be visiting Claxton on Friday, December 2. All Claxton students will have a chance to participate in this event as well.

Learn more about Sean Gaskell and the kora, and take a look at his calendar of upcoming events here.

You can see more of our growing calendar of arts events and assemblies on the Calendar page. We do our best to keep it up-to-date, so check back frequently.

Many thanks to our amazing specialist team for their work in giving Claxton students such important and amazing opportunities!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Leader in Me Meets Arts Integration

Have you heard that Claxton is now a Leader in Me school?

We're thrilled about the Leader in Me program because it works so well with arts integration!

The Leader in Me helps Claxton students gain a sense of power over their own actions and creates a sense of investment in their school ... just like arts-integration. And both acknowledge that we're all leaders in different ways—as artists, as readers, as athletes, as mathematicians, as scientists, as musicians ...

Spend a few minutes in front of the new Leader in Me display featuring student artwork in the entryway to Claxton, and you'll start to see how arts integration fosters The Leader in Me.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Last Year's Second Graders' Recording Session with the Bob Moog Foundation

Welcome to another year of incredible arts integration at Claxton!

As we look forward to the amazing experiences ahead for our kids, here's a look back at the recording session last year's second graders had with the Bob Moog Foundation. It caps off their work in Dr. Bob's Sound School, where they learned about the science of sound. Check out the lyrics!

We're so very grateful to the Bob Moog Foundation for sponsoring Dr. Bob's Sound School and for all the support it shows Claxton.