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As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the... Read more

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Not On the Report Card (Video)

In preparation for our student led conferences, I asked my 3rd graders to respond to the following question.

“What are you learning in class with your company that is not reflected on the report card?”

The responses were overwhelming and indeed gratifying.

Share our emotions

Be resilient

Work through things

Include others

Stand up and speak out

Defend my thoughts

Yield to others

Do not procrastinate

Be honest

Be trustworthy

Never give up

Believe in yourself

Get organized

Have confidence

Learn from mistakes

Build people up

Show patience

Be conscious

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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families.

Sixteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning.

She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students.

Read more of Mary Ruth’s blog Learning for Real.

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