Sharing Friendly Fridays – Making Origami Lotus Flowers

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Tweet For the last two months, my class has been doing something special each Friday: Friendly Fridays.  These are small activities that build on Social Relationships between classmates.  In the past they have made notes and pictures for each other and practiced writing and saying compliments as well.  Let’s face it, kids need this practice! […]

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Why is Music Education in Schools Important?

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Tweet In our technological world, music education is being offered less and less in many school systems. Unfortunately, many schools have begun to exclude music from their curriculums to make room for other subjects. Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human […]

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How it Feels to Be a Student – Retreat Reflections

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Tweet I began the retreat hoping to rekindle my creative spirit and renew my interest and passion for integrating the arts in the curriculum. Art is an expression of one’s self and at the start of the retreat I was nervous to share my art–myself–with my fellow retreaters. I, however, ask my learners every single […]

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Fairy Tale Rebus

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Tweet A rebus is a puzzle or story that combines words with pictures. Have your students work on drawing and conceptualization skills with this fun project that will turn a favorite fairy tale into a rebus puzzle by replacing the nouns in the story with pictures that they draw themselves. What You Need: Large sheets of […]

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Practice What We Preach

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Tweet Our summer retreats are build for teachers to rekindle a love of learning, so that they can bring that into the lives of their students.  I am always amazed by the creativity of all the educators that attend the retreat and am so happy when they share their experience with me through their words.  […]

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7 Smart Ways to Use Creative Writing Apps in Teaching

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Tweet Any writing is art, and it requires thinking outside the box. A good teacher involves kids in the world of creation and keeps them excited about what they do. Today, with technology development ahead of the curve you can inspire and engage your students easy as pie. Some students know from their inner self […]

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Stop Teaching Reading!

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Tweet It’s about time we put our foot down as responsible teachers and stopped teaching reading to students who just aren’t ready for it!  From an incredibly early age, we are expecting young children to learn their letters and start to pronounce sounds.  And this is not just in a playful exploratory manner, but it […]

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Do you know the basics of arts integration? (A QUIZ)

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Tweet Whether you are a seasoned AI teacher or ready to explore the world of #artsint, chances are you know a few of these basics, but it’s always a good idea to check in on yourself every so often. Here’s a quick quiz to make sure you’re on the right track! Question ONE: True or […]

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8 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

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Tweet In this computerized era, Google is the most commonly used tool in everyday life; from starting a day with Google News to saying good night to a friend using Hangouts, many things can be done with Google. It is basically a search engine enabling everyone to connect with the world in various ways. Along […]

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