Reading Comprehension and Drum Circles

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Tweet It’s no surprise to us that different children learn to read at different rates. The problem may be that we sometimes forget just what that means in the minds of our students. I was reminded of how difficult reading can be for students just last week while participating in a drumming circle. Last week […]

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Classroom Cleaning Hacks

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Tweet It’s hard to keep on top of everything that you need to complete in order to run your classroom creatively, efficiently, and effectively. That’s why cleaning may end up at the bottom of your to-do lists.  It’s hard enough to keep up with class prep, let alone clean countertops. But a cleaner class environment […]

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Is Teacher-Centered PD Legit?

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Tweet I write the words Teacher-Centered PD with pride when I advertise the Teacher Art Retreat each year.  But I know that not everyone sees that as a legitimate way to spend PD time. “Student-Centered” is what we need to focus on, and I agree.  Of course education is about doing what’s best for the […]

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One Rung Up

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Tweet Please enjoy a pre-reflection from one of this year’s Retreaters.  Dara is a HS English teacher who strives to bring arts integration into her work with students.  As this summer’s retreat begins, reflect with her on the importance of arts in the classroom as well as quality arts-infused PD for teachers.  ~EMP I was […]

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Get Inspired!

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Tweet Rejuvenating! Having Conversations,  Making Connections Total Participation Creating and Sharing These are some of the responses that were told to me in the last 20 minutes of past Teacher Art Retreats.  I don’t want you to miss out on this type of amazing experience! I am always so energized by the time we have together at […]

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Imagine, Create, Innovate

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Tweet What does it mean to imagine, create and innovate?  These three powerful concepts should be what drives education.  More importantly they should drive professional development.  I like to think of the relationship among these ideas as an ongoing cycle that feeds into another. With inspiring professional development, teachers have time to be creative through […]

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The Missing Paint

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Tweet The paint is missing! The paint! The paint! Oh where, oh where has it gone? I see it no more, when I open the door. Oh where, oh where has it gone?   It has been replaced, replaced, you say And what, and what is there now? Is it glue, is it glitter, is […]

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Music’s Effect

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Tweet Yesterday morning, my next door teacher did something to me – she played music – and it affected my whole body.  She put on the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to create an atmosphere of calm in her room and, working in a modified open concept classroom, the sounds infiltrated my room and […]

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March into Music and Literacy

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Tweet March is one of my favorite months at The Inspired Classroom as we get to focus on both Music and Literacy!   In this post, you will get a listing of some of our favorite and most popular posts for both music and literacy.  There are so many great articles listed here, you just may […]

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