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Metropolitan Museum of Art Draws International Visitors

As one of the most visited museums in the world, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a beloved beacon for art enthusiasts everywhere. A hot spot for locals and tourists alike, the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases exhibits on everything from ancient pottery to modern, well-known masterpieces. A recent international visitor, Cheryl Catzman of Milton, Ontario, was one of millions who toured the museum in 2012.
Showcasing artwork since the late 1800’s, the Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a main exhibition building on 5th Avenue and boasts gardens and a second museum in Northern Manhattan. With a highly trained staff of tour guides, curators, historians, and scientists, the museum offers tours and exhibits for children and adults.

With a mission to provide affordable public access to artwork and enriching education on art history, this well-known museum hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year and regularly expands its impressive collections of art. As a retired educator of the humanities, Cheryl Catzman thoroughly enjoyed perusing the museum’s art exhibitions and historic grounds during her visit to New York City.




Drama Games for Teens, Part 2: Improvisation Games By Cheryl Catzman

In the first part of this article, two drama games were introduced that can be used as icebreakers in a class geared toward teens. Here are two other games that promote creativity and thinking on one’s feet:

1. The One Word Story
This popular game has many names depending on where it is played. First, the class sits in a circle formation. The goal is for the class to tell a story together, with each person adding one word at a time to the story. The first person, for instance, will say the word “One.” The next person will add “day,” and each student in turn will add another single word until the string of words becomes a sentence. After several students have contributed a word, the story begins to take shape thus: “One…day…there…was…a…cat.” The story then develops to its natural end, or until the teacher chooses to shift the activity.

Another Option: Have each member of the class add a sentence rather than a word. This moves the game along faster and often proves more engaging, particularly for younger students.

2. The Alphabet Game
This game requires two players to make up a scene in which each line begins with the next letter of the alphabet. Example:

Actor 1: Arnold, nice to see you here!
Actor 2: Being here is great.
Actor 1: Cecily coming?

And so on.

About the Author

For more than 40 years, Cheryl Catzman taught high school English and drama classes in Brampton, Ontario.

Drama Games for Teens, Part 1: Ice Breakers By Cheryl Catzman

There are many theater games that are suitable for secondary students. Here are a couple of popular exercises that can be used to get students working together:

1. Boppity Bop Bop Bop

Occasionally called “Bippity Bippity Bop” or something similar, this game requires the class to make a circle. One person then stands in the middle of the circle, faces a classmate, and calls out “Boppity Bop Bop Bop!” or whatever the phrase happens to be. The classmate being addressed must say “Bop!” before the person in the middle finishes saying the entire phrase. If that classmate is successful, the same person remains in the middle. If not, the person who failed to say “Bop!” in time enters the middle.

Added Elements: There are many, many options one can add to this game. For example, the person in the middle can choose to say just “Bop.” If the person he or she is facing says anything at all, then that person must go to the middle of the circle.

2. Zip Zap Zop
Similar to Boppity Bop Bop Bop, this game involves having the class form a circle. One person in the circle will point at another person and say “zip.” Then, the person being pointed at will say “zap” while pointing at yet another person. The third person in turn will say “zop” while pointing at a fourth person, and so on.

About the Author

Cheryl Catzman is a former drama teacher for the Peel District School Board in Brampton, Ontario.

Cheryl Catzman on the History of the Caesar Salad

The Caesar salad has achieved the kind of place in culinary circles few dishes can hope to attain in the short decades of its existence. Though some may assume that the Caesar Salad is a recipe from deep antiquity having some relationship to Rome’s first emperor Julius Caesar, the true origin of the dish comes from 1920s Tijuana, Mexico. Italian restaurateur Caesar Cardini immigrated to San Diego following World War I, and opened a restaurant in Tijuana in order to circumvent prohibition laws in the United States.

Originally, the dish consisted of large leaves of romaine lettuce drizzled with dressing that included coddled eggs, Worchester sauce, and Italian olive oil, and it was intended to be eaten with one’s hands. Culinary icon Julia Child fondly remembered being taken to the restaurant as a child and watching Cardini prepare the salad.

There is some controversy about the inclusion of anchovies in the recipe. Cardini’s brother, however, added them to the original recipe when he opened three restaurants in Mexico City. In the 1940s, Caesar Cardini patented the formula for the dressing and began selling it out of his distribution company, located outside Los Angeles.

About the author: Cheryl Catzman is a retired schoolteacher who taught for over 40 years with the Peel Board of Education in Brampton, Ontario. She loves to cook and has found preparing healthy Greek and Caesar salads a satisfying alternative to the more popular, but fattening recipes passed down from her family.