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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Talladega City Schools are STILL HERE!

Three years ago, Talladega City Schools created this blog under the leadership of Dr. Frank Buck to unite the district. Since that time, the schools have taken off in the development of school-based blogs. Dr. Buck has since retired, but you can continue to follow our schools, by visiting the following websites:

Talladega City School District Click here

Graham Elementary Click here

Hal Henderson Elementary Click here

Salter Elementary Click here

R. L. Young Click here

Zora Ellis Click here

Houston Elementary Click here

Talladega High School Click here

Talladega High School Band Click here

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Art in Every Classroom

Check out this online video library about incorporating art into every classroom by clicking here.
The programs in this video library show classroom teachers and arts specialists using the arts in a variety of successful ways. The 14 video programs — filmed in elementary schools around the country — along with a print guide and companion Web site, serve as a professional development resource for K-5 teachers seeking new ideas for integrating the arts into the classroom. Teachers featured in these programs include specialists in dance, music, theatre, and visual art, as well as classroom teachers from kindergarten through fifth grade. Programs 2 through 6 show Arts Specialists at Work, 7 through 12 present ideas for Arts in the General Classroom, and 13 and 14 address the challenges of Organizing for the Arts.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Beat of a Different Marcher

Beat of a Different Marcher
By Debbie Silver & Monte Selby

Bobby marches to the beat of his different drummers
Jeffery does his reading, but he can’t do numbers
Shawna’s up and talkin’ 90 miles an hour, again
Can’t find his book or pencil, that would be Ben

Hyperactive, dyslexic, class clown, non-reader
Upper class, no class, off-task, bottom feeder
Little Arty’s a challenge; Martin’s a dream
We’ve seen them all, they all need to be seen.

All children in reach when we find their rhythm --
The step, the dance, the song within them
That’s a better journey, but so much harder
Too extraordinary, but so much smarter
To drum to the beat of each different marcher.

Sandy’s in the slow group, a proven low achiever
She’s the small quiet one, not a class leader
Crayons in her hand, she can draw what she knows best
But no room for pictures on the standardized test.

Ballerina, bricklayer, biochemist, ball player
Diesel driver, drum major, diva-destined, dragon slayer --
Some kids have a chance, with a different choice
To show what they know, they must have a voice.

All children in reach when we find their rhythm --

The step, the dance, the song within them
That’s a better journey, but so much harder
Too extraordinary, but so much smarter
To drum to the beat of each different marcher.

Introspective, oversized, minimized, criticized
Round holes, square lives, not much room for compromise.
There’s a new song not yet written
For each and every child, will we listen?

All children in reach when we find their rhythm --
The step, the dance, the song within them
That’s a better journey, but so much harder
Too extraordinary, but so much smarter
To drum to the beat of each different marcher.
Let’s all dance to the beat of each different marcher!


(reprinted with permission of Streetsinger Music Company

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Recommended Reading by Institute Speaker

To view recommended books from our institute speaker, Dr. Debbie Silver, click here.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Debbie Silver's Book-check it out!

To preview pages of Dr. Silver's book, click here.

The revised edition of Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers features Dr. Debbie Silver's poetry, wisdom, and humor with the art of award-winning illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (www.fablevision.com). Teachers and administrators will be inspired by Debbie’s poignant stories and thrilled with the practical advice as they learn about relevant research findings. A valuable discussion guide is included to help interested teams find the rhythm of the differentiated learners in their classrooms. Don't miss your opportunity to read this exciting new resource!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Meet Debbie Silver, Our Institute Speaker


Our institute speaker is noted author and speaker Debbie Silver. You can read more about her at her website found here.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

When I Become a Teacher...



What kind of teacher are you?