I'm honored to have been featured on the Harvard Graduate School of Education website this spring:
“You don’t have to choose between rigor and joy in the classroom,” [Leddy] says. “By creating engaging curriculum we could help so many kids and make the classroom experience much more meaningful.”
Thank you to Jill Anderson for the article, which you can read in full here.
Check out historycomics.wordpress.com for my latest project. I'm illustrating interesting historical events from day to day. Here's one from a few days ago:
In early January, I had the great fortune to take a course on "Informal Learning for Children" with Professor Joe Blatt. This most recent song is part of a proposed program my team developed to create more engaging social studies content for teachers and students. Enjoy!
I recently wrote a guest blog post about songwriting in the classroom at WritingIsThinking.org:
It’s eight in the morning, and every student is singing.
Across the classroom and in the hallways, groups of students are dancing, arguing, laughing. Over the last twenty-four hours, they have practiced at school, at each other’s houses, even over video chat. Soon, they will perform original songs for the class.
What topic inspired such fervor? An unlikely suspect: the Ganges River.
I often bring music into my fifth and sixth grade social studies classes, and I’ve even written a few songs for students. But I rarely asked students to write songs themselves. It’s too unpredictable, I’d thought. Too unstructured and challenging for most kids. But here we were on a Friday morning, just a few hours away from the students’ performances about a river in India.
How did it go? You can see for yourself...
Click here to continue reading at WritingIsThinking.Org.