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Hi Gretchen,

Thanks a lot for your response to the "Music Writing" post. I have worked with this form of writing from grade two through six. I have not used it with beginning high school students, but I believe it will work on this level, especially with the music aspect, to develop intrinsic motivation, to make them come alive, or really, for them to learn how to motivate themselves by connecting with their inner lives, creative selves, and creativity. For me, if you can direct their attention to their (self) awareness, to see themselves in the mirror, to reflect, it would create the open-mindedness that will let in new perspectives, and, a new attitude. I will send you more information (lessons) in another email (with attachments) about Music Writing with the practical applications that grew out of it.

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Jeffrey Pflaum

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Hi Renee,

Yes, the writing component opened up new inner/outer worlds to the kids, who had a very mature awareness (beyond their age) in the fifth and sixth grade, but needed a way to channel it so it would help them in their everyday and school lives. I did, in fact, ask students to "draw their contemplations" as an experiment, and the results were good. However, I was looking more at the writing component, to improve self-expression and self-awareness. When I experimented with second grade children, they drew some incredible illustrations to accompany their written contemplations! I remember when I first walked into my school, P.S. 16K, I opened up the closet and saw basal readers titled "Into New Worlds," and I think this was an omen for my teaching life and my students' classroom lives from 1975 until the present day. I am going to forward more information in a separate email (attachments) that your teaching staff will appreciate. Your teachers can also contact me at my gmail address (see bio/profile page) for articles, sample student contemplations, and other supporting documents that will help them implement the project. Any questions that they or you may have, I will gladly answer.

Best regards,

Jeffrey Pflaum

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Hi Renee,

Thanks very much for sharing my blog post with your staff. That is greatly appreciated. The Contemplation Writing Project has been in existence since the Seventies and ran through the Nineties with extreme positive success. After the kids completed a year's worth of contemplations (approximately 120), this "internal education" was imprinted in their minds and imaginations, and they could take it with them throughout their lives both in and out of school. Witness one of my students, Marisol, who commented on the piece and how my organic form of writing helped her. With "Music Writing," the students taught me more than I taught them; it was truly a learning experience on both ends, and it will work in your school as well. The post is only the tip of the iceberg of "Music" or "Contemplation" Writing.

With kind regards,

Jeffrey Pflaum

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I want to thank Jeffrey Pflaumm for using these creative writting techniques with my fifth grade class. I believe my class was the first class to do these creative thinking and creative writting. This was very helpful to us, this taught us to express our thoughts and inner feelings on paper. I believe for some students it is kind of difficult to express your felings verbally, so writting it down on paper made it alot easier to express everything we were feeling at that time. I know it was for me. I do recommend this technique to all those that are willing to use it.

Principal/Twin Rivers Unified School District

I will share with my staff

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I will share with my staff and colleagues.

Principal/Twin Rivers Unified School District

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Thank you so much. We use music for a calming technique at my school, often after recess or lunch as you shared. i love how you added the writing component. i have sketched in art exercises to music but writing will open and express another world.

Ninth and Tenth Grade English teacher in Indianapolis, IN

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I want to thank you for posting your blog about "Music Writing." I have been researching ways to motivate reluctant learners and I think your lessons will really help my students. I am trying to find new ways to engage capable students who are just not motivated to work. I am curious if you have any further suggestions on how to motivate capable unmotivated ninth and tenth grade students? I look forward to using your lesson plans in class and hopefully motivating a few young minds!

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