Kids for Coltrane

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Fantastic…my favorite magazine has focused on Multiple Intelligence theory this month! There is an insightful new interview with one of my heroes Dr. Howard Gardner.
Check out their site I strongly recommend that you sign up for Edutopia. The benefits are great, including illuminating webinars. This month, I viewed a webinar which featured Dr. Judy Willis. Dr. Willis is a middle school teacher and neurologist and authority on learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research.
Kindly read my advice published on their Sage Advice page. Just click and scroll down.

What’s your resolution for the new school year?

Sage Advice: Teaching to a Diversity of Abilities

How do you address the multiple intelligences in your classroom?


George Lucas describing his vision of what education should look like. I agree with every word!

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“Mr. Lucas your words here are right on…I recently finished a two year project with a looped class. We went from first to second grade communicating through music. Over time we worked with the music of the brilliant John Coltrane. Reporter Corey Kilgannon from the New York Times asked me how I had the courage to teach through Coltrane. I told him that children welcome what is complicated and then take it apart. They heard Coltrane and all the other musicians communicating their thoughts and feelings through the different genres of music. We worked on a similar project using the visual arts in what is called Artful Thinking. There will be an article in the Wall Street Journal about my work by Nat Hentoff using jazz to educate children. It is all about communication, and creating the connections needed to help human beings follow their bliss. Joseph Campbell would be very proud of your work here. Congratulations!
Christine Passarella
New York”

My comment from Edutopia’s website.

Check out Edutopia– Great magazine for educators and parents. My quote was published recently on the Sage Advice page.

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