April 29 is International Dance Day. "International Dance Day" was established in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID) of UNESCO to bring attention to the art of dance every year on April 29, Jean-Georges Noverre's birthday(1727), a French dancer and balletmaster, generally considered the creator of ballet d'action, a precursor of the narrative ballets of the 19th century.
"Dance, dance, dance, otherwise we are lost." Pina Bausch
Wim Wenders dedicated this extraordinary documentary to Pina Bausch. In my opinion one of most beautiful tributes to the art of dancing. Pina Bausch died30 June 2009. She will be remembered as one of the most significant choreographers of the twentieth century.
Dance is also a good therapy for young people in school. Dance movement therapy and the power of dance is used to inspire, uplift and heal.
Danceis a fun and fresh integrative part in the curricula. Sir Ken Robinson's TED lectures on education and creativity are very inspiring about free expression of children in school.
There will be many performances in colleges and out of doors today. So, don't miss the opportunity to let your students express themselves by dancing in the school gardens, for example.
"All through the year we teach dance, we rehearse, we perform within four walls. On this special day dedicated to dance, let us mark the difference by practising, teaching or performing for everyone to see. It might be cold and rainy, the floor is certainly not good enough, the wind takes the music away, but the beauty in those movements and the joy on those faces will brighten the hearts of the spontaneous audience of passers-by."
And suddenly I found on Facebook this interesting project. In honour of Shakespeare's birthday, anadaptation of a classic play to help nurture the emotional experiences of young people, specifically around bullying.
"A Shakespeare play on Facebook? Yes! It's true! And it's happening NOW! You can be a part of Shakespeare's classic comedy as we present it in real time over three days."
The project explores social media as an educational tool and will send a powerful message about cyberbullying to today's plugged-in students.
"In Much Ado, the villainous Don John destroys an innocent girl's impending marriage by conspiring with others to make her appear unfaithful. The girl, Hero, fakes her own death to escape the scorn of her fiance and family until the truth can be revealed and the lovers can be reunited.
Much Ado also features the memorable characters of Beatrice and Benedick, who start the play at each other's throats and learn to love each other through some clever trickery on the part of their friends."
It’s a great way to make Shakespeare more comprehensible to teenagers, kids, and especially kids who don’t enjoy Shakespeare right away.
A hip-hop introduction to "Much Ado About Nothing" is an original animated adaptation, written and performed byFlocabulary. Flocabulary, a hip hop education resource, turned out a surprisingly entertaining and useful video (watch it below) to help explain the plot.
It's a creative project to introduce in Literature and Civics curricula. And students love social media in the classroom.
The project is meant both as a digital educational resource and a tool to combat cyber bullying in school. And that is a fantastic idea to motivate students to learn about Shakespeare in the school and to fight cyber bullying online.
Much Ado About Nothing deals with the damage caused by false information and pain of bullying in the Internet (images, films, rumors) between teens. Facebook has been the site of much cyber bullying. But Facebook is making efforts to provide a slew of tools and resources available to report abuse.
The project is hosted on Facebook, where many students are already present!
I have developed cross- curricula projects with my students to fight bullying in the school, some years ago, based on literature, music and civics. Believe me! The students were very excited and they developed good activities. Cyber bullying came after. But it begins always in the school. Educators can do an incredible job helping teenagers to understand how dangerous it is for both sides cyber bullying the colleagues. I am sure your students will love developing some similar projects learning Shakespeare and fighting cyber bullying.
"Cyberbullying is a serious issue for today's youth, so we're very excited to bring this message into their territory and language," said Jessica Semler, program coordinator for The Ophelia Project. "From a literary standpoint, it is great to show how relevant and spot-on Shakespeare still is."
Aujourd'huiGoogledoodle rend hommage àJean-Jacques Audubon, célèbre ornitohologue. naturaliste et peintre américain d'origine française.
Il est né le 26 Avril 1785 aux Cayes (Saint-Dominique). Il est consideré comme le premier ornithologue duNouveau Monde.
Il se passionne très jeune pour l'histoire naturelle. Il a été élevé en France, à Nantes, non loin de là à Couëron, par sa belle-mère, Anne Moynet Audubon.
Il part aux États-Unis, où est connu par John James Audubon et devient contremaître dans une ferme près de Philadelphie. Il commence alors à étudier l'histoire naturelle en dirigeant la première opération de baguage du continent.
Il noue un fil à la patte d'une moucherolle (Sayornis phoebe) et remarque ainsi que ces oiseaux reviennent nicher chaque année aux mêmes endroits.
Il commence également à dessiner et à peindre des oiseaux. Il a cherché un éditeur pour ses dessins d'oiseaux à Philadelphie, mais sans succès. Peut-être at-il attiré l'inimitié des sommités scientifiques de la ville, membres de l'Academy of Natural Sciences?
Alors, il part à Londres avec son portfolio et son succès fut immédiat. Il est fêté comme « l'homme des bois américain » et récolte suffisamment d'argent pour publier "Les Oiseaux d'Amérique" entre 1830 et 1839.
Son ouvrage, remarquable par l'exactitude des détails et par la beauté de l'exécution, se compose de quatre volumes contenant 435 planches grandeur nature peintes à la main.
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.
It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
It is a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.
The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.
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"Books embody the human capacity to conjure up worlds of reality and imagination and to express them. They are the best voices of tolerance. They provide the strongest signs of hope. Books are pillars for free and open societies. "