Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
- Caring atmosphere - essential and a vital part of the nucleos
- leadership: delegation vs. micromanaging = what is a healthy in between?
- staff challenges: crowd control
- organization quick to adapt to change = great when crisis hits
- staff = begin small with a group that is egoless and can collaborate. Nurture the teachers artistic endeavors (sharing their personal events, retreat, seminarios)
- get passionate board members
- engage the stakeholders face to face. This increases their opportunity to donate
- parent classes are fantastic (community impact)
- how to nurture/challenge excelling students; avoiding unhealthy competition between students
- think of retention strategies
- what drives the learning (social outcome, repertoire, note reading)
- everyone (board, staff, kids, janitors) know the mission and the core values of the organization. Building curriculum together (Hola, LA)
- no limits on learning - (Renaissance Arts Academy )
- have clear lines that every decision has to be driven on the impact over the children. That means leaving egos behind and learning to collaborate.
- professional development - seminarios with leading artists in the field (accomplished with partnerships)
- high priority in teacher quality. Using peer-peer teacher assessments, self assessments, video taping, etc., in order to establish a learning culture for the teachers as well
- different relationship to the job (for teachers). Not just coming in to clock it and take off, but to invest in the kids and building trust with the families. For this money has to come off the table.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Cultivo una rosa blanca Y para el cruel que me arranca
en junio como enero
para el amigo sincero
que me da su mano franca.
el corazón con que vivo,
cardo ni ortiga cultivo;
cultivo la rosa blanca.
Cultivo una rosa blanca
Y para el cruel que me arranca
por José Martí
I cultivate a white rose
In July as in January
For the sincere friend
Who gives me his hand frankly.
And for the cruel person who tears out
the heart with which I live,
I cultivate neither nettles nor thorns:
I cultivate a white rose.
José Martí's Rosa blanca and the White Rose student resistance (1942, Germany) bare a lot of similarities. Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Prost were executed by guillotine for "high treason" because they spoke up against the atrocities the Nazis were committing and stood by their convictions in court.
Martí fought in the Cuban revolution against Spain. In midst of battle he disobeyed orders to retreat, yelling: "a la carga!" riding his horse into enemy lines. Some think its a romanticized tale, but regardless, the idea of giving up your life for something you believe in has often been seen as stupid.
por la puerta natural:
en un carro de hojas verdes
a morir me han de llevar.
No me pongan en lo oscuro a morir como un traidor:
yo soy bueno, y como bueno
moriré de cara al sol.
- By its natural door;
In my tomb of green leaves
They are to carry me to die.
Do not put me in the dark
To die like a traitor;
I am good, and like a good thing
I will die with my face to the sun.
- A Morir [To Die] (1894) - J. Marti
SP: It's a windmill.
DQ : A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?
SP: A giant?
Friday, March 4, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
- Music is a multisensory/motor experience, because it changes functional brain networks.
- Music can improve neurological impairments and disorders
- singing changes the brain - melodic intonation is being used to treat aphasia. These patients cannot string words very well, but they can do so in a singing voice.
- This is possible if there are two different system that support auditory output [how to sound]
- if there is a minor injury, the brain reassigns other parts of the brain to take over (only with small lesions)
- with a large injury, most of the brain is affected, so there are no neighbor areas the brain can reassign
- with speech therapy the other part of the brain can be trained to performs those functions (brain plasticity) here is a video on brain plasticity
- In the 70 in Boston melodic intonation therapy emerged.
- The elements used are melodic intonation (engages the right hemisphere) and tapping (engages motor system). Mapping sound to actions activates Broca's regions [language are of brain].
- After training there is more activation of the right side of the brain [frontal gyrus], and connections between temporal and frontal regions change. There is a rudimentary system on the right side of the brain that connects with the temporal lobe.
- Melodic training is not magic - we could argue that any type of intense therapy improves speech in these patients.
- Currently studies are comparing other therapies with melodic intonation with control and experimental groups.