Saskatchewan Bulletin Columns
Monday, November 25, 2019
Regina Catholic Schools and local artists recently worked together to provide diverse dance and music programming to kindergarten students at St. Kateri Tekakwitha School.
The school has a large number of English as an additional language students. “Self-expression through dance and music transfers to their vocabulary development,” Regina Catholic School Arts Education Consultant Sophia Yannitsos observed. “Students learned literacy outcomes, but instead of doing it through books, they did this through kinesthetic awareness and music.”
Monday, March 26, 2018
In The Writing Life, Annie Dillard writes that, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” I first read this as a young adult and felt a creeping sense of dread. When our days are given to work, or dealing with the small crises of the everyday, it becomes easy to consider the current moment as everything; to wonder if what we are doing immediately now is meaningful and worthwhile.
However, between those moments is the time we make for ourselves and what we do with this time, as much as our careers and our families, shapes who we are.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
It seems timely that I take the opportunity to submit this edition of Why the Arts Matter, given the musings regarding education currently underway around the world and here in Saskatchewan. The intent of this series is to demonstrate the importance of a broad-based curriculum–one that offers students of all learning styles ways to excel in school and, ultimately, in life.
Around the world, many education reform movements are calling for a narrowing of the curriculum, typically to a few core subjects that can easily be measured.