Pedagogy

Working with Children

December 1, 2017 JUST FINISHED MY LAST GIG IN JASPER … … Worked my butt off, happily, here in this mountain town. I’m not scared to use the word awesome to talk about this trip … … Just stare at the image below for a while. Pick a child, any child and just try to…

Jasper Elementary, Part 2

November 30, 2017 SPENT A 2nd  DAY AT JASPER ELEMENTARY. In the morning, we made a Skype connection between Nicole Stone’s KG class in Kingston and Michelle Beauchamp’s KG class in Jasper. We had some technical difficulties but still managed to sing, “If You’re Happy & You Know it” and make it stretch across the Rockies,…

Jasper Elementary

November 29, 2017 Penpals unite … … SPENT THE DAY AT JASPER ELEMENTARY in the library where the BIG windows look out to the mountains. Each class in the school came to visit me there and we sang and played the whole day long until every class in the school had come for a visit….

Blogger Falls off face of the Earth

November 16, 2017 BLOGGER FALLS OFF FACE OF THE EARTH … but in a miraculous turn of events makes it back to continue writing blogs. Yes, folks. I’m back. I was lost but now I’m found. I got kind of discouraged for a while there. No one seemed to be visiting my website and I…

100 Kids Theme Song

February 15, 2016 You may be small but you can make a difference … Hello friends. Here’s the latest update on 100 Kids Kingston. We had our 2nd official meeting on February 2, 2016. The group continues to grow. (100 Kids is now a group of 205 children!) I believe in 100 Kids Kingston and…

The Yarker Family School Song

February 11, 2016 We’re a small school with a big heart … I have a long and wonderful history of working with the Yarker Family School. I used to live in the village of Yarker and made the trek along the railway bridge across the river to the school every Friday for many years. When…

Prince of Wales School, Peterborough, ON

 WHY ARE WE SO AWESOME?!? I’ve just returned from a week well spent in Peterborough, ON working with the staff and students at Prince of Wales, School. My artist-in-residence at the school was made possible by an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Education Grant. After an opening day of music performances for all of the…

What If Kids Could Vote? The song

October 27, 2015 The song is finished.  I wrote it on the eve of the Canadian election and performed it at Centennial School in Kingston, ON where I was starting an artist-in-residence program.  I was working with 3 classrooms of Grade 5s and 6s (and a few Grade 4s). The students had just had their…

What If Kids Could Vote?

What if kids could vote?   It’s a question that’s very interesting to consider. What if? (I don’t know.) It’s a question that easy for us to dismiss. Many would be quick to say, “Children can’t vote!   It just wouldn’t work. They don’t understand politics. They don’t understand the issues.” And on and on the thinking…

Invitation to YouthWriters

Greetings Dear YouthWriters Memories of my time at YouthWrite Camp at the Bennett Centre in July are still very much alive as August unfolds.  I’ve been in conversation with some of the people who were in my Song, Story & Sound Workshop. I’m interested in the possibility of keeping a conversation going as July’s YouthWrite…