Heather Francis

Drama Warm-ups

“Aw…,” “Ha Ha!”, and “Ah-Ha!”: Finding Flow in Drama Warm-ups

On September 23rd, Teresa Love, one of our drama education experts serving on the BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team, worked with elementary school teachers in the Arts Integration endorsement program on the creation of drama lesson plans. What Teresa shares is always golden, pithy, and organized. At the onset of their discussion (their? I was there, so let’s try that again). At the onset of our discussion, she emphasized the importance of selecting strategic warm-ups for drama lessons.  She stated the importance of drama warm-ups by naming the actor’s tools—voice, body, and mind—and asked teachers to reflect on which tools…

Movement and Mindfulness

We often envision a mindful practice or meditation exercises as a still and static experience, but that is not always the case. Mindfulness is the state of being conscious. Thus, becoming aware of our movements can be a part of our practice making movement a method for mindfulness and a tool for meditation.  In a meditation practice, we bring attention to our breath. Breath is the core of movement. When we focus on our breath, we are focusing on the movement of oxygen into and out of our body. We recognize the expansion of our diaphragm and lungs and the…

Congratulations to the Arts Integration Endorsement 2018-2020 participants!

Last week, sixty-six elementary school teachers completed the BYU ARTS Partnership’s Arts Integration Endorsement Course. The two-year program provides training in the arts, aesthetics, arts education, and arts integration. Participants expressed pride, joy, and accomplishment as they shared their personal journey in the arts. Excerpts from homework assignments and final sessions (held via Zoom) demonstrate how deepening their experience with the arts changed these teachers’ perspectives and level of engagement, as well as inspired a creative approach to teaching. “The arts were an absolutely refreshing break from the regurgitated methods of other professional development programs. Because of what I learned…

Non-tech Arts Activities at Home: Dance

Tired of tech? Sick of screens? Try these non-tech DANCE activities!  Non-tech arts activities provided by professional educators in dance, drama, music, and visual arts on the BYU ARTS Partnership Leadership Team.  Do I really have to move my body?  Why can’t I just sit and watch movies or play video games? Why can’t I just read all day?  Most of us have been at home constantly over the past weeks. Have you, your students, or your children been asking these questions lately? Here’s some information to support moving your body, especially during a time when sitting and screen time…

BYU Arts Bridge

This semester, the Arts Bridge Program at BYU has 25 university students—or arts scholars—providing arts education in elementary classrooms. Arts scholars are working with a coordinating classroom teacher and an assigned BYU faculty mentor, giving both BYU students and grade-level teachers a truly unique learning opportunity. The arts scholars are working hard on their lesson plans, visiting their classrooms, and blogging about their experiences. Blogs provide ideas about arts-integrated lessons and invite everyone to follow their journies through the semester. Here are some highlights from the blogs:      Arts scholar Savannah Angle and elementary music specialist Cheree Rowley from…

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