January 25, 2017 | Mary Ruth McGinn

On the Rink (VIDEO)

Though almost half of the class had never roller skated before, the company decided that the best setting for our opera story would be a skating rink. So, last week we went on a field trip to Wheels Skating Center in Odenton, Maryland. Owner and professional skater, Pam Muegge, welcomed us and opened her rink […]

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October 3, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Discover the Music Inside: A Big Part of our Great Story (VIDEO)

We are Discover the Music Inside Kids Opera Company. After reflecting on the experiences we have shared since school began, the students were able to synthesize the metaphors, inspiring song lyrics, profound books and all we have lived together these last five weeks to arrive at their company name. It will surely serve us well […]

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September 18, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Others Matter (VIDEO)

Late Friday afternoon as the first week of school drew to a close, I asked company members what they had learned over the five instructional days. Samir, who rarely contributed ideas during discussions and group sharing, raised his hand and responded, “Others Matter.” As hands shot up around the circle and students generated a comprehensive […]

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September 6, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Live a Great Story

On day one, I presented the incoming company members with the directive, Live a Great Story. I simply asked, “What does this mean to you?” Their responses, so authentic and introspective, launch our year-long journey of discovery. “Write my story.” ― Eugene “I want to live my life like a story, make it beautiful and […]

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April 11, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

The Human Knot (VIDEO)

Our individual and collective barriers oftentimes get tangled up in enormous knots which seem impossible to overcome and disentangle. But we must remember that if we collaborate, if we communicate effectively and if we trust in one another, we can break free of the knots that bind us and hold us back. Watch as company […]

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February 23, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Pitch Perfect (VIDEO)

To sell an idea, promote a product or further a mission, one must craft the perfect sales pitch. Getting someone to purchase something he really does not need or want, takes persuasion, persistence and probable cause. Our company mugs are lovely, but who needs another mug? It’s what the mug represents, the purpose for funding […]

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February 12, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

I Get It! (VIDEO)

For years, teachers have engaged in taking running records to assess reading progress. Teachers analyze mistakes, determine strategies to help students correct mistakes and create an instructional plan of next steps to help students become proficient readers. When used correctly, this tool can provide great insight into teaching and learning in a profound way. The […]

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January 19, 2016 | Mary Ruth McGinn

A Rainy, Introspective Morning (VIDEO)

Though the sky was spitting wetness and the damp, cold air was uninviting, it didn’t keep us in. Parked under the overhang of the school entrance, we sat in the stillness. We let our pencils guide us as we poured our thoughts and feelings onto paper.        

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November 18, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Mask Making (VIDEO)

In order to truly take off our masks, we first need to design and make a physical representation of our metaphors. Nina Muys, retired art teacher, led the company in a session of mask making that taught not only the artistic process of creating an actual mask, but also the care and respect the artist […]

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November 10, 2015 | Mary Ruth McGinn

Some Things Aren’t Easy In Life (VIDEO)

Though we had a clear plan, improved communication and the will to persevere, our second attempt to defeat the Magic Carpet Challenge was not successful. The company experienced a host of emotions during the sixty minute session. Did we fail or just not finish? The written reflections expressed deep, thought provoking thoughts and feelings that […]

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