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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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What Color is Reconnection? (Videos)

Exploring the faces of reconnection has driven us deeper and deeper into the mixed emotions that occur as a result of this reunion. Metaphor allows us the perfect medium to express and explain our infinite definitions and perspectives of this powerful theme and thesis.

What color is reconnection?  The students see it clearly. As they share drawings and writing, defending their ideas and choices of color, we all become more and more invested in discovering where this thinking may lead in developing strong characters and a profound story line.

What color is reconnection? Please share with us what you see, what you feel, what you think.

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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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