Well, today in my Senior Seminar class, we had demonstrators that talked about music and movement in the classroom. They had some really great ideas, but a few things really stuck out to me and I thought I would share: 1) The music lady (hehe) was reading a book about a Native American folk tale. She first read it normally. Then, she read while she turned on a CD of Native Am flute playing in the background. The flute music was extremely soothing (think massage music) and I was amazed at the difference it made to the story. It was GREAT! 2) The movement teacher gave us a few ideas as well. She encouraged teaching dances of a certain historical period or country. For instance, if the class was studying about Russia, the class could learn the stroika (I think that's the name). This also works with learning folk songs from the area. It is a great way to come together as a classroom community and make the learning interesting. 3) The 2nd task the movement lady gave us was my favorite. She paired us into groups of 4 or 5 (there are about 45 of us). We stood in lines at one end of the room. At the other, she laid down a piece of butcher paper about 2' by 3' and a marker for each team. She gave us an objective: draw the most detailed map of the U.S. you can. There was a twist though. She said GO and the 1st person went down to draw. They only had about 30 seconds to draw. Then it was the next person, next, so on. This went on for about 5 minutes total until we had each gone several times. This was a great activity. She had the paper on the ground far away from everyone else to take away the embarrassing "performance" aspect of it. She also didn't give us any other criteria, except a "detailed US map." The maps we made were SO funny and it was a great stress reliever. We all were smiling and laughing. Also, it was a good gauge of the overall class knowledge of geography (it wasn't a good sign, hehe). Anyway, this could be used at any grade, drawing any item. 1st graders, for example could be asked to draw a map of their classroom, town, or even a picture of the teacher (this might be good!). Just got a bit excited...wanted to share. Oh and wish me luck, I start my ST experience on Monday!