Monday, July 21, 2014

Mover Monday | Meet the Interns

It's time to meet the Move This World summer interns!

Erica is a sophomore at Swarthmore College studying sociology and dance.

Fun fact #1: "I choreographed a dance piece around an art installation at my college. You can see it here!"
Fun fact #2: "As a baby, I was dancing in highchairs before I could walk."

"I move this world because I believe that creative movement is a powerful tool for understanding yourself and connecting to others, and I want to share the joy of movement with as many people as I can" 

Linda is a Yale grad and just finished her first year teaching pre-k in Tulsa, OK.

Fun fact #1: "I am equally obsessed with the natural landscapes and the concrete jungles of the world." 
Fun fact #2: "I once ate 7 hot dogs in a row."

"I move this world because I'm convinced that what we achieve inwardly through creatively expressing ourselves will change our outer reality."

Sarah is a senior at Northwestern University studying broadcast journalism and economics.

Fun fact #1: "I'm obsessed with talk shows, especially morning television. Oprah is my hero."
Fun fact #2: "I wish I owned an elephant."

"I move this world because creative movement gave me the chance to break out of my shell and be comfortable with who I am.  I want others to have that same opportunity. "

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thumpin' Thursday

While things at the MTW office have been busy, it's been a great week and we hope you are enjoying yours! Here are a few songs to rock out to this weekend. How does a little 90s throwback sound?

Check out these songs and more on the Spotify playlist here.

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Have a great weekend!
Move This World Inc

Monday, July 7, 2014

Mover Monday | Urban Teacher Center

The Move This World team works every day to transform learning environments. Our goal? That each is safe, nurturing, and inspiring. Today begins our partnership with the Urban Teacher Center, an organization founded in 2010. The UTC dedicates itself to making sure students in Maryland and Washington, D.C. have excellent and well-prepared teachers, and, consequently, a high quality education. Move This World is beyond excited to work with UTC and provide even more teachers in Maryland and D.C. with tools that support student growth. 

Today, MTW will facilitate a three hour professional development session for pre-service teachers in training at UTC. Through their coursework in a class called Sense Making - for which MTW is providing the curricular structure and experience - residents prepare to enter the field as educators who are not just experts in their curricular areas/specialties, but who are healthy, whole individuals whose social and emotional well-being and connection to their community is prioritized by their leaders, their peers and themselves.

The goals of Session I are: 
  • To co-create a safe, collaborative space for exploration and expression of the multiple facets and dimensions of ourselves through creative processes.
  • To begin identifying the way these dimensions of self form/inform the social roles we play in this community.
  • To begin to observe, analyze and reflect on the dynamics present in the group.
  • To connect and communicate authentically with other group members, growing our own empathic awareness and the collective empathy of the community.

For more information about the Urban Teacher Center, visit their website here.

From everyone here at Move This World, we hope you enjoy your week!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thumpin' Thursday

We hope you're loving your summer,  can you believe it's already the fourth? Enjoy spending time with family and friends!

Here are some tunes perfect for the holiday weekend:

Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
Party in The U.S.A - Miley Cyrus
American Woman - Lenny Kravitz
American Pie - Don McLean
Kids In America - Kim Wilde

Enjoy these songs and more on our Spotify playlist here.

Have fun watching fireworks and remember, everyone is beautiful, no matter what others say!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mover Monday | New Bridges Elementary

Move This World is proud and honored to have the incredible New Bridges Elementary school as a partner. A few weeks ago, Peace Mover Helen Joyce got the chance to fill in and teach some sessions at New Bridges. Staff and students welcomed Helen with open arms - they were excited to show her how Move This World works at New Bridges and what it means to them.

"When I asked the students what they felt the most important thing to making the world a better place, they came up with some great responses. A couple of people said that if kids around the world learned dances from other places and learned about other people and their traditions, then everyone would be happy and dancing together."

Helen even witnessed some students resolving conflict peacefully outside of the classroom.

"I had a younger student come up to me and tell me that an older kid had pushed him in the bathroom. I asked him if he had talked to the other kid and told him that it didn't make him feel good. He said yes and that he told him he was going to look for an adult. The other kid then appeared and said he was the one who'd pushed him. I ask him why he'd done it and he said it was because he was taking too many paper towels.  I asked if in the future he could use his words, and ask why he was taking towels before pushing him. He said yes, and unsolicitedly apologized. It was neat to see how readily the students resolved the conflict and recognized the importance of resolving it peacefully. It also reflected well on the rapport that MTW has with New Bridges that the students felt comfortable approaching me."

Along with the students, Helen was impressed by how involved and encouraging the teachers were at New Bridges. To learn more about the school and their recent achievements, take a look at this article.

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. If you haven't seen it yet, read our newsletter to find out what MTW has been up to and what projects we have in the works. Happy Monday and enjoy your week!