Projects designed at the Creative Schools Initiative Teacher Institute: Creative Curriculum From the Inside Out
Inventors One and All
We are all innovators, helping to make our community thrive.
This project introduced the concept of innovation as a process that can be used in all learning, one which applies a growth mindset and helps the learner along their journey towards more in-depth understanding. Students carried the innovation thread into their studies of theater, physical science, music and visual art.
Amplifying student voice, while listening with open ears.
Young adults yearn to be listened to, which is an acute challenge when the language, culture and community are unfamiliar. Through movement, music, and language arts, a class of New American students from Nepal and Somalia explored how to express their true voices, and how to listen with open ears.
The Music of Light and Sound
How can we see sound and hear light?
This project integrated an exploration of light and sound with visual arts and music. Students learned about the scientific properties of light and sound and compared the similarities of the engineering and artistic design processes by composing songs and creating visual art.
When Must One Revolt?
The causes of the American Revolution come to life in an original musical, written, composed and choreographed by the fifth grade students. Students examined perspectives in history to learn how the past can inform the future.
Walls surround us. Walls protect us. Walls exclude us. Sometimes they define us.
Students in English, world history, biology and orchestra explored the role of walls in their lives and throughout the world—both real and imagined. This project culminated in a walking art installation through downtown Montpelier, of a dynamic wall of glowing cubes with original music, all created, composed and performed by MHS students.
Letters From War
Re-living the past to enlighten our future.
This project explored how students’ point of view might change after learning about their community’s history during the Civil War. Students created a multimedia performance, with original choreography and music, inspired by the history of Peacham as seen through the lens of letters sent home by Civil War soldiers.
Listening to What the Earth is Saying
Nature’s patterns inspire a vision for a safer community.
This project increased student achievement, intrinsic motivation, and a passion for learning by integrating visual arts and science. The project’s goal was to help students become aware of weather impacts, while exploring nature for inspiration of possible solutions to minimize damage and destruction.
Our Home, Our Stories
Exploring stories of Montpelier’s land, water and history to understand today and direct tomorrow.
Through story-telling, map-making, basket-making, and ceramic art, this project deepened students’ understanding of their community, both the people and the land. Students explored ways in which they can use that knowledge to impact the future of Montpelier.
What if Kids Were in Charge?
How Does Finding Me Empower Us?
Through poetry, team building, songwriting and learning activities in English class and student advisory, students grapple throughout the year with the a fundamental question of their personalized learning plans – Who am I? – and how Me to We can strengthen their personal learning journey while contributing to their communities greater learning community.
How Do I Use Communication to Activate Change in the World?
Exploring communication challenges and channels through integrating theater, social studies, biology and coding.
What is the Story of Sound in Our Lives?
Using body, voice and imagination to explore the science of sound in an original theater work with script, set and costumes created by the 3rd and 4th grade class.
What is My Record?
Sharing the A and B side of ourselves through music, visual art, poetry and narratives.
What Makes Me Vermont, and Vermont Me?
Through poetry and song writing, students explored the concept of growth mindset and their self-awareness as individuals that are woven into the fabric of Vermont.
The Wall Project