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Culturally Relevant Critical Thinking

February 6th, 2019 by The Right Brain Initiative View

By Mariam Higgins “Asalaam alaikum (peace be with you),” whispered politely the seventh grader in the beaded headscarf.  She had sidled up to me after her social studies teacher and I had wrapped up an arts integration lesson on Hinduism for their world religions unit using observational thinking strategy.  She shyly asked where I was from, I […]

Arts-based Instruction: Sparkling smiles, Genuine laughter, and Recharging engagement

January 11th, 2019 by The Right Brain Initiative View

By Mariam Higgins, Sinead Kimbrell, Shannon McClure, and Ashley Renfrew Since 2008, The Right Brain Initiative shares highly effective instructional strategies based on the arts with educators through professional development. Historically, teachers would attend Right Brain training where theater, dance, and visual arts “games” were paired with language arts, social studies and science lessons. Teachers […]

All Gratitude

November 21st, 2018 by The Right Brain Initiative View

Dear Right Brain Super Hero, During this season of thanks, we can’t help but reflect on the plethora of things we are grateful for! As such, we invite all of you to join us in celebrating our TOP three game-changing reflections of gratitude!: Hundreds of phenomenal K-8 educators  In 2018, 1,754 teachers have used the arts to inspire 29,630 […]