An Art Teacher’s Story:
Lubec teachers and Washington Academy (WA) collaborated to dance for a surprise school wide assembly. The surprise was complete with gleeful clapping, hoots and wows from the student population. Their performance was followed by Gaetani leading the entire PK-8 school in 4 line dances. Connie Bagley is Lubec’s Art Teacher and gifted and talented Coordinator. She led Lubec’s staff in learning a line dance to “Happy Song” by Pharrell Williams. WA Dance “Guru” Gina Gaetani helped Bagley with choreography and had come to Lubec with her WA dance students to help teach the Lubec staff and then again to dance with them.
Bagley says the point of the Dance Project was to model creativity, arts integration and open mindset. Her idea to create Professional Development for teachers was for “Brains on Fire” a graduate class she is taking with Catherine Ring and the New England Institute for Teacher Education. Here is the public link https://prezi.com/dashboard/ to a Prezi she presented to teachers under her name Connie Harter-Bagley and is titled “Gifted and Talented Lubec”. Connie has a dozen Art related Prezis to share.
Thank you Connie for providing this blog post that provides food for thought for other educators.
Originally posted on Argy Nestor’s blogpage: MeArtsEd May 26, 2016, re-posted with permission.