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Logo for Take Off the Mask Kids Opera Company 2015

Our Company Logo (VIDEO)

Logo for Opera 2015What is a logo? Why is it important to a company? What does it represent? These questions we pondered as we thought about our company name, Take Off the Mask Kids Opera Company. Each student drew a pictorial representation of our company name and composed a written defense proving its potential and significance in representing who we are.  Watching students prepare and verbally practice their defenses was intriguing. They were clearly engaged in the process and motivated to persuade their audience.

Osdiel defends his logo design, the one selected by the company to best represent its name.

 

Praise defends his logo design.

Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 28 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. Fifteen 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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