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Post Opera Reflections

After the opera premiere, the company reflected in writing.

The members of Lightning Strike Kids Opera Company reached the summit of the mountain and wanted to convey their innermost thoughts about feelings about their accomplishments.

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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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One Response to “Post Opera Reflections”

  1. On May 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm responded with... #

    Dear Kids,

    I am so happy that you made your Opera. I can feel your happiness and satisfaction because all your accomplishments. Keep on working hard and never forget that you can do whatever you fight for. I wish I had been there. I hope your teacher can edit a nice video with the opera. Congratulations to all of you and to your two wonderful teachers.




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