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Theater…If you are looking to make it on the Philadelphia stage or on other stages throughout the area, maybe taking a course with Ben Dibble will help. Mr. Dibble teaches Voice at Temple University and he and his wife Amy, when not busy with their three children, teach Drama at The University of the Arts. Philly.com called “Ben Dibble and Jeff Coon two of the most omnipresent actors in Philadelphia.” Ben and Jeff have won out over so many other local actors for parts in Philadelphia productions that a play, Ben Dibble and Jeff Coon Must Die, was written by Greg Nix and Michael Doherty and performed at the Arden Theater. It was a spoof of the two, but also showed the great respect other actors throughout the area have for their body of work in musicals and dramas.
Terrence Nolen, recently retired Artistic Director of the Arden Theater, said he could build a season around Ben and Jeff. Dibble received two nominations for The Barrymore Award For Best Philadelphia Lead Actor. With the credits discussed above and many not mentioned, I am thinking that Ben and Amy could help you perfect your expertise in song, dance, and drama.
Internet…What should I sign up for on the Internet is asked by every businessman, teacher, and housewife? This interested group goes on to say that after signing up, they don’t want to be bothered by countless irrelevant emails, circulars, and spam. The sites that follow are good recommendations for anyone that wants to stay informed and wants to advance in their profession.
- LinkedIn is a free professional site with multiple categories and group memberships. The site allows you to select business groups, national associations, and former colleges and universities you attended each offering you general information for your job and specific information for advancement in your profession. You can participate in group discussions, leave discussion questions for all to respond, or take seminars and lectures in a number of areas. The groups post jobs throughout the country, too. The LinkedIn groups that I am a member of include: Temple University, The University of the Arts, The Black Journalist’s Association, The Educational Network, The School Principal’s Association, and Educational Leadership. When you go to the site, you will have a menu of thirty groups you can join. Pick the groups in your professional area or general area of interest. If you want to expand your knowledge base pick something far afield from your areas of expertise.
- SurfNet Kids (www.surfnetkids.com) has been reviewed a number of times in this column. Barbara Feldman, an award-winning journalist, created the site. Anything that you want to know about education, current events, school subjects, and history appears here. It is perfect for the researcher, student, teacher, or home schooling parent. There are activities that you can join for each day of the week or archives that you can explore on every subject area. If there is an event that is presently happening, it is featured on the daily calendar with all kinds of articles and links to understand the event to the greatest degree. Email sign-up is free and you will relish the weekly newsletter articles.
- Book Page (www.bookpage.com) is the online companion to the 25 page monthly circular found at the entrance to most local libraries. You can have fifty sent to your school library for free. The magazine contains author and illustrator interviews, reviews of books, CD’s, and movies, and features in research, current events, and library science. The Book Page newsletter is free and has any easy email sign-up.
- New York Times Education Network (http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/NIE/index.html) is the perfect addition to anyone’s desktop of information. Sign up for their classroom or home addition with the link on the left. Sign-up appears in their Index Bar at the top of the page. My students like their blog. It breaks down sometimes hard to digest information into little understandable chunks. The blog is filled with daily and archived information and can be found at (http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com). Using the New York Times in the classroom will enhance the study of current events, literature, reading, the arts, and the sciences. Your parents will be impressed that The New York Times is part of your educational program.
Poetry… Hispanic Poetry_Salute To Hispanic Heritage Month
What Do You Do Two Times?
Over twenty-five million Hispanics live in the United States. They have created and shared with us their great works in art, theater, music, and literature. This poem by Jane Medina might help you to describe yourself in twos the way she did. Look at her poem in columns one and two. Do you understand the experience Jane is trying to share? See if you can describe yourself in column three in a similar fashion.
Me X 2 Yo x 2 You x 2
I read two times. Leo por dos
I write two times. Escribo por dos
I think, I dream, Pienso y sueno
I cry times two. Y IIoro por dos.
I laugh two times. Yo rio por dos
I’m right two times. Grito por dos
I sing, I ask Canto, pregunto
I try times two. Intento por dos.
I do twice as much Hago mucho mas
As most people do. Que hacen todos ellos,
Cause most speak one, Porque yo hablo dos,
But I speak two. Lo doble que aquellos.
What were your two most unique x 2 point in the things you wrote for this activity?
What other Hispanic authors, illustrators and poets do you know? If you were from another country and just learned English, what language would be your dreaming and thinking language?