Story Tapestries Inc.

Mission: Exposing the community, nationally and internationally to the concept of arts integration as a multi-faceted arts approach that seeks to affect all aspects of our life on a daily basis. Arts Integration as taught by Story Tapestries serves to develop the total person, social-emotional, intellectual and physical. Utilizing an arts integrated approach specifically tailored to the needs of each community, Story Tapestries teaches and demonstrates through performances and workshops the tools necessary for integrating the arts. * We will utilize and build upon a world-class network of artists, educators, and community members dedicated towards advocating and implementing the concept o...
Mar 26, 2015

STEAMing it Up!!

Sharing his Excitement
Sharing his Excitement

This school year we are working to bolster students’ core skills through STEAM. We customize our programs to meet the needs of the class and the teaching cirriculum. Working closely with the teachers and arts liasons we specifically design our time within the classroom to have the most impact in each childs life. 

In both our research and practice we’re finding more and more evidence supporting the power of integrating the arts into science, technology, engineering and math lessons to create “STEAM”. We’re excited to be part of the movement to inspire today’s students to become tomorrow’s ground-breakers in exciting and new ways, who contribute to enhancing our communities and nation as a whole.  


Here are some of Story Tapestries’ current STEAM programs:
 

  • Arts-Integrated Storytelling:  Learn the Standards through dance, spoken word, writing and drama (ALL curriculum)
  • Math+Arts Integration=Empowered Math Understanding
  • Wonderfully Ridiculous Letter Stories: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Motivate and Improve Literacy
  • Discovering the Power of the Written Word:  Creating Visual Storytelling with a Combination of Visual art and Creative Writing
  • Discovering the Power of the Written Word: Using Creative Writing and Storytelling to Motivate Students to Become Authors
  • STEM plus Arts=Learning Full STEAM Ahead:  Using Story, Movement and Visual Images to explain the Principles of Science
  • STEM plus Arts=Learning Full STEAM Ahead:  A Highly Engaging Kinesthetic Exploration of the Scientific Process
  • His-story, Her-Story, Our-Story: Explaining history through writing, drama and dance
  • Stories-in-Motion= Fiction and Non-fiction plus Dance and Story
  • Family Innovation Nights:  The entire family spends 1 and a half to 3 hours making and creating anything from robots to books.
  • Professional Development for teachers:  Build practical skills for improving classroom management, teaching to multiple levels in the classroom, and using the arts to engage students in their academic lesson

 

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Using Movement to Learn
Using Movement to Learn

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Feb 25, 2015

Making Arts Integration Work-One Class at a Time

Your participation in our projects to combine LIteracy and the Arts is making progress and showing instant results in each classroom we can connect with. Thank you so much for your continued support of these events and workshops. Here is an excerpt of our latest experiences, to read the FULL story go here Story Tapestries Blog:

"I look at this text and I feel like I just have to get through it" sighs a frustrated third grade teacher.
"My kids love goofing around and are very creative, I just need help fuzing their experience of an activity to comprehension of the subject" says an enthusiastic fourth grade teacher.
"This is very uncomfortable for me, but I know my students respond to these types of things, so I'm trying to make it work" says a hesitant media specialist, who works with various grade levels.

These are just a few of the comments made in my initial planning conferences with teachers at Sebastian Elementary in Sebastian, Florida. These teachers and I were about to embark on a week long embedded residency process to help them better be able to incorporate theatre arts strategies into their non fiction units. I don't think any of us anticipated what a rewarding week it would be! 

...In all three classes, we had grade level appropriate space and Earth sciences related texts. We looked at each text and each grade levels' specific literacy goals and together we extracted activities to support those goals. I spent time both modeling and supporting them leading these activities in their classrooms. I also gave the teachers tips and techniques to be able to implement the activities without me.

Perception

Perception

 

...We saw student successes in each classroom, each day. We saw small victories in engaging students who they tell me don't typically demonstrate such enthusiasm, and large victories in watching students who don't generally engage at all getting up and sharing something they just learned.  The teachers asked their students if they wanted to more activities like they had been doing this week and they were met with a resounding "YES!"  In fact, each one of them told me that they had already tried out at least one activity in another class, and one of the teachers had already set up a planning meeting with the other teachers in her grade team to collaborate around how they can implement some of the strategies in the next unit.

 

Showing Excitement in Learning

Showing Excitement in Learning

 

By the end of the week,  I saw the teachers go from hesitant, but curious, to enthusiastic and excited. They saw first hand the powerful impact the arts can have on engaging and empowering their students with standards based learning, and without taking time away from mandated schedule chunks.

"It's been eye opening. I can't wait to try this out with the next book" says the newly energized third grade teacher.
"Before I was clueless and excited, now I'm focused and excited. I'm excited about things that weren't really exciting to me before" gushes the thrilled fourth grade teacher.
"I just need practice. It helped to see how they responded. If you are in drama, you are using the same skills as reading" says the optimistic media specialist, making a commitment to push through her hesitation.

We as teaching artists can't be in every classroom, but if we can keep turning the light on, one teacher at time, then we can reach more and more classrooms, slowly shifting the climate. These teachers then become the best advocates for more arts integration in their schools, and the more we can empower them, the more that light gets sparked in their colleagues. And ultimately, the more students we can all reach and more fully engage in their own learning.

This is how we change our education system...one classroom at a time, with thoughtful, passionate and caring teachers who never stop learning themselves.

 

Thank you again for continuing to bring the Arts into the lives of our communities.

 

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Feb 11, 2015

The POWER of the Arts strikes again!!

FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!

Your participation in our projects to bring the Arts into every core standard is making tracks and showing instant results in the students and teachers we work with. Thank you so much for your continued support of these events and workshops. Here is one of our latest experiences:

 

Ms. Ross,  "LOOK, LOOK, I created a number line dance for 6/12+3/12........."

Ms. Ross, "DID you see my "Choreography" of the ordered pairs.....wasn't it out of this world!!"

Ms. Ross, "I can do it.  I wrote a word problem by myself and answered it by myself.  Okay not by myself entirely but almost by myself."

The power of the arts strikes again..... at Kenmore Middle School and Greenwood Elementary School.  For the past 3 weeks, we at Story Tapestries have had the honor of working with teachers on how to use the arts, specifically dance and story, to teach math.  At first, when we proposed the idea of teaching  fractions and graphing ordered pairs of numbers using dance, we were met with skepticism.  However, by the closing day, both the students and teachers enthusiasm was huge.  The 4th graders at Greenwood got it, they understand both at a math and a kinesthetic level how to add basic fractions.  Within one 45 minute session, they acted out a word problem, solved one, and wrote their own.

Dancing out her understanding!!
Dancing out her understanding!!

On the other hand, at Kenmore Middle School the students we were there to support have cognitive and developmental needs that requires a variety of adaptions.  YET again, the teacher at Kenmore MS stepped up to the plate.  She blew our mind away with her creative ideas and passion for helping her students grow. We taped out a "LARGE size" Graph on the floor of her classroom.  We completely rearranged the desks.  EVERY idea we had, she always said yes, never no.

Through our work, the students began to develop a stronger comprehension of positive or negative integers on a graph.  Finally, they had a full body experience learning how to graph a series of ordered pairs.  It was not an everyday lesson.  They had to write out the pairs, graph the pairs and finally dance their graph illustrating to us their understanding of the parallel arts and math objectives.  It was powerful to see students who are not always considered successful, who have difficulty remembering details, instead creating, rehearsing and finally performing a 4 phrase dance blocked on a graph.

As we sit here right now formulating this report, it is with the knowledge that it is not, what Arianna Ross, the Executive Director, did with the information that caused it to be so impactful but again the power of the arts to take a relatively basic lesson and make it exciting, engaging and educational.  For many people, this report may  feel out of the ordinary but the truth is that this is what we do EVERY day at Story Tapestries, we bring the arts to the community with a new power approach.

 

Thank you again for continuing to bring the Arts into the lives of our communities.

 

If you love being part of this project please send it to a friend who can love supporting it too.

 

 

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