The Arts

Helping English Language Learners in Music

Music Class can be tricky to navigate for our ELLs (English Language Learners). Although music is really fun and engaging, learning lyrics to songs and terms for describing music can be challenging to remember. Lyrics to songs can be difficult for ELLs as there are often slang words, incomplete sentences or words that are used […]

Drama in the Classroom: The Good Kind

When thinking of drama as a subject in our curriculum, it is easy to think of it only as a skill that can be learned and mastered. There are a lot of fundamental concepts that we teach – role play, character, relationship, time and place, tension, focus and emphasis. Our students love creating scripts, making […]

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

I am for sure aging myself here, but for those of you who may not be familiar with this figure of speech it is used to describe a person who is good at many skills but a master of none. That is the best way to describe who I am as a teacher and how […]

Hundertwasser, Spirals, and Lollipop Trees

One of my favourite artists is Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000), an Austrian artist, architect, and environmentalist whose work is colourful, playful, and unconventional – characteristics which make it perfect for any age to enjoy. Hundertwasser hated straight lines and the colour grey, but loved rain, trees, and the infinite beauty of nature. Years ago, I happened […]

Starting The Year With Dance

Welcome to a new year! My name is Tammy Axt and I am a music/drama/dance teacher at a K-5 school in Brampton, Ontario. This is my fifth year teaching music and my first year teaching drama and dance. I am sure that with my new teaching package I will have a lot of learning to […]

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