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What Do I See?

Mary Ruth McGinn 310x277Join us as we, a third grade class of twenty-six students at Stedwick Elementary School, embark on a year-long adventure creating an original opera. Read about our weekly challenges and accomplishments as we move through the creative process using opera as an authentic vehicle to learn curriculum and 21st century skills.

We begin with the question, “What do I see?” This question will serve as a focus on the concept of perspective and will thread its way through all academic subjects and essential learning experiences throughout the year. A first look in the mirror will launch this initiative as we think about who we are and what we have to offer. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How does this affect the relationships we will foster and build in the classroom, on the playground, at home and in our community?

Perhaps it is something about which we should all pause to think.

Stay tuned . . .

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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.

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4 Responses to “What Do I See?”

  1. On September 2, 2013 at 10:47 am responded with... #

    Dear Mary Ruth,
    Do you really want to know “what do I see?”
    I see that, as a teacher who lived all the opera process two years ago, my teaching style has changed and the way I look at the children too.
    Creating an original opera with 5 and 6 year old children gave me the oportunity to know and live that children are powerful and we can learn lots of things from them.
    It is great that now we can follow your process
    through this year. I will stay tuned!!

    • Mary Ruth McGinn
      On September 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm responded with... #

      Laura, I look forward to hearing more about what you and your students learned throughout the process of the opera in Spain. It is so wonderful to hear your voice.

  2. On September 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm responded with... #

    Es una buena pregunta, porque, cuando la haces, el ver se convierte en mirar, se despierta la curiosidad y el interés. Esa pregunta, hecha en un grupo, obliga a admitir los diversos puntos de vista y a reflexionar sobre la superficialidad o profundidad de la mirada, cuando alguien ve lo que tú no ves. Abres la puerta al aprendizaje… y al amor. No se ama lo que no se conoce.

    • Mary Ruth McGinn
      On September 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm responded with... #

      Eso es lo que queremos, Miguel. Y como adultos también. Tenemos que hacer lo mismo.




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