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S is for Shakespeare 

My favorite publisher of Shakespeare is Cambridge School, Cambridge University Press. I believe these books are written for high schoolers. Each page is given a synopsis and vocabulary definitions as well as historical context and group activities in a classroom. While some may find such a format elementary and superfluous, I love having clarity and …

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S is for Spine 

As Ingold thoroughly conveys, our very bodies are comprised of lines, the most fundamental of which being the spine. It forms the central axis from which we move and balance, and the midline of the skeletal structure which supports our organs, muscles, and nervous systems. In figure drawing, a pose begins with the spine, and the way …

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I is for Intensity 

I wanted to write an extremely elaborated post on the notion of intensity but, in the interest of saving time, I really cannot. So writing something short and intense still counts, right? ___________________________________________________________________ BeforewatchingthisJacksonPollockvideothatIwanttopost,Iamdrinkinglemonwaterand eatingchocolatechipcookiesandmultigrainchipswhilecoffeebrewsdownstairsandIhavein thebackofmymindthatImustrevisemyentireconceptualunitformyEnglishmethodsclass that’sduetomorrow. Intensity ebbs and flows; I never see it as a constant, despite its draining persistence sometimes. ___________________________________________________________________ While …

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S is for Stress 

Happy end of the year! S is for Stress! Everyone has a million (not exaggerated number) assignments due in the next week, no one's sleeping and even if you're trying you wake up in the middle of the night because you can't breath. I wish I could say after 6 straight years in school I …

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S is for Devo’s Pyramid (on Enigma, Myth, Mystery, and Aura in Popular Art) 

More than a decade ago, I read an interview with Beck Hansen in Rolling Stone, and his throwaway quote about maintaining mystery in the digital age stuck with me. "It's fascinating to me, these performers who do those shows where they follow them around. And performers' Web sites where they're writing about what they had …

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S is for Spectate the Spectator 

This post, like my post on the “enslaved performer,” is a semantic play on the idea of the emancipated spectator. My idea is this—and it’s a chain connection, so bear with me: for Rancière to write his book on the emancipated spectator, he has to be an especially emancipated spectator himself. He needs to be …

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S is for Design 39– a very cool new school in San Diego 

I just came across this school which should be completed in August. The structure of the space as well as the curriculum is very child centered. The designers center the aesthetic experience for all who engage in the space. The spaces are flexible, light-filled, and open. Gone are the traditional classrooms where teachers and …

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S is for Softness 

Water is the source of life because humans cannot live wither water. In addition, water is also a description of an object in a variety of writings because it is considered a symbol of softness. Chinese authors draw analogy between water and women. In the authors’ views, water itself is a great representation of women’s …

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S is for Listening to Student voices 

How do we welcome and celebrate student voices? They have so much to say. I not just talking about talking. Rather, they can tell educators so much: their hopes and dreams, certainly, but also what they care about. I didn’t always, but now I make it a regular part of our class time for …

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S is for Simultaneity 

Since the beginning of March, I have been in the process of extending and revamping my half-sleeved tattoo on my right bicep. During the last two tattoo appointments, I have endeavored to engage in simultaneous physical and mental exercises to help mitigate the continual pain from the tattoo needle. Coping with physical pain comes somewhat …

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S is for “Synthesis_Class of 2012” 

I was part of the Arts Politics program at the Tisch School of the Arts in 2012. It was really sad as we were coming to an end of our one year program. I wanted to make something in memories of each person that contributed to making such a special experience throughout the year. I …

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S is for Screenplay 

1. The screenplay has a structure that has become standard within the film industry. This structure dictates how the words should look on the page. If you weren't reading the words and just looking at the pages of a screenplay, it would be nearly impossible to differentiate one screenplay from another. 2. What is a …

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S is for Space 

I feel like I had a totally different idea in mind when I first brainstormed “space” for my “S” entry, and there are probably dozens of ways you can spin the concept in a unique way. However, this weekend I encountered a web page that is about outer space in particular, called “If the …

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S is for Silence 

I've been thinking a lot about silence lately; it's not something you tend to encounter organically in New York. I ran across the quote from Audre Lorde (above) about a year ago, and was struck by the significance it held for me, a generally quiet person. In moments of adversity or distress, I tend to retreat into …

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S is for Siddhartha 

Last week I began reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse with my students. Though, this has been my second time reading the novel it has been my first time teaching it. When we came across the passage I have included below I couldn’t help but think of this class. This passage is from the second chapter …

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S is for Sustainable 

In the article, “Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow?” the author is critical of the current lifestyle of Americans. Despite only being 5 percent of the world’s population, we use one-fourth of the world’s resources each year. In examining three different options, the article aims to answer how …

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S is for Spring! 

The sense of a thing’s value as absolute rather than relative, a result of its features rather than a result of its relations, is the question that came to mind when I was listening to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in anticipation of the centenary celebration to be performed on March 2 at Skidmore College (<a …

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S is for Spontaneous Dancing 

When music is played to a child, the child dances. This is a spontaneuos event. Nobody has to teach him or her to move to the sound and rhythm of a beat. But why is this? Why did evolution decide that spontaneously moving to music was an essential trait to our survival as a species? …

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S is for Snow 

Typically for me the word aesthetic makes me think of the word beautiful. Like beautiful things are aesthetically pleasing. Although I suppose you could have something that is aesthetically unpleasing, which then probably wouldn’t be beautiful, although I guess that also depends on your definition of the word beautiful. But back to snow. I can …

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