Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP)

Music is good for the soul. Share the love. Donating the cost of one lesson that we may pay for our own kids goes along way for these kids.

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The Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) is a community youth orchestra program dedicated to affecting positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts by providing a safe and fun environment for them to make music in pursuit of artistic excellence together with peers and role models.

Currently, ChiMOP has two programs. The Summer Orchestra Camp, launched in May 2013, and a school partnership program with Mary Lyon Elementary School, launched September 2013, that provides daily group lessons, string orchestra, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, bucket band, and choir as well as opportunities to perform and attend concerts around the city throughout the year for more than 100 young students in the Belmont Cragin community. All program costs are completely free to all students.

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Lesson For All at the Global Education Conference

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Universal Education for All. This is the second of eight Millennium Development Goals made by the United Nations in the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon.  It’s big. It’s important. It impacts us all. Lack of education contributes to world instability, inability to make informed decisions, spread of HIV, inability to develop full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accord with interest, among others.

After making great strides in this effort around the world in the past decade, progress has slowed down. There are still about 57 million primary aged children out of school. Conflict, gender policies, natural disasters, poverty, and location are some factors keeping children out of school.

The Campaign for Global Education, United States Chapter offers resources including the Lesson For All, a free series of units focusing on the fact that education is a human right, but one that nearly 132 million children worldwide do not enjoy. Each Lesson is mapped to Global Competence Matrix and the Common Core State Standards.

Find out more about these resources, this session of the Global Education Conference runs Monday, Nov. 18th  at 7:00pm GMT -6 during the free and online Global Education Conference. Find the time in your location here.

The session description is here.

Login Link for Monday 7:00pm GMT -6 SESSION LINK https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECPart108

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Making Sense of the World

The Global Classroom Project

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Starting at the end of November, Lisa Parisi and Donna Román will be launching a new global project called Making Sense of the World.  This project, designed for classes with children in the 8-12 age range, will entail collecting data for comparison.  We will begin with simple data, such as temperature, daylight hours, population, and move toward more detailed data, such as, favorite books, religions practiced, languages spoken.  Imagine what the children will learn about each other and themselves by comparing this data.  
We are looking for classes from all around the world.  Please do not let lack of English stop you from signing up.  We will work out the language differences with translators.  And we will help with any technology questions you might have.
 
Sign up now.  The fun is about to begin!  The website can be found here:  Making Sense of the World
 

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What’s YOUR Super Hero Power?

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Every once in a while I find myself in the middle of something magical. It starts out like any other thing, but somehow all of the pieces click…and it’s a convergence that could never have been expected. I’m in the middle of one of those now.

Hero in the Mirror started as a research and writing project. My 5th graders were going to choose a hero, investigate her/his life and accomplishments and then write an informational piece. Of course that was too stale and inauthentic for me, so I added a twist…and a few hand-springs, and a cart-wheel.

Starting with the premise: Every person has Super Hero Power potential.

Then…

  • I invite ‘every day heroes’ into our classroom to talk about their work and life.
  • Have 5th graders interview, film, organize the visits.
  • To end the visit, interviewers ask each guest, “What is your super hero power?”
  • Kids reflect on that and connect how the guest uses that power In their work and in their life.
  • They put their reflections in writing and post them on their blogs.

The project is still evolving as I follow the kids in their discoveries, but in the end…I will be asking each 5th grader to find their own ‘Hero in the Mirror’ and claim their super hero power.

So what’s so magical you ask?

  1. Brave souls saying ‘yes’ to 10-11 year olds, despite their own fears.
  2. Seeing so many busy people choosing to be with us for those 20 minutes.
  3. Watching the struggle many go through to uncover their super hero power, and then claiming it.
  4. Knowing that those ‘super heroes’ will forever hold that power differently after their visit.
  5. Watching my class hold each guest and each super hero power in equal esteem…coming from a college student, a parent, a famous director, a fast food worker…they hold them in equal light.
  6. The gift I’m receiving to be able to witness humanity is such a beautiful way.
  7. Knowing that the 5th graders involved will see the world, and themselves…and their place in our world forever differently….just as I will.

Please check out our website. We are still in the middle of things, so check back!

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