Finding Inspiration

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Tweet Every few weeks or so, my mother and I go to Symphony Hall in Boston.  It’s always fun to go into Boston at night, drink a glass of wine and enjoy quality music, but last week was particularly wonderful.  I always enjoy a good piano sontata and being able to listen to one by […]

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Captain Kirk Got it Wrong

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Tweet I know you will enjoy Dara’s writing here as she reflects on her time creating and awakening her brain.  I always enjoy sharing examples like this where teachers are inspired by the creative work they do.  ~EMP I have decided that Captain Kirk got it wrong. Space is not the final frontier…art is. It has […]

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Onomonopia

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Tweet Onomonopia, it is such a freaky word, But on Halloween, to not use it would simply be absurd. There are so many sounds that we hear around this spooky time. You should use it in your writing, or while slurping up some slime. 😉   You could think of cackling witches, or a door that goes creeeaaak, A swooshing, whirring bat […]

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Displaying Student Work

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Tweet Some teachers spend a lot of time putting up displays.  It seems to be second nature: display important content, display reminders, attractive posters and of course, student work.  If you are like me, you don’t always have the time to do and redo bulletin boards every week or so, but you may realize the […]

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5 Tips to Arrange Your Classroom for Maximum Productivity

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Tweet Classrooms can get pretty chaotic if you aren’t able to maintain structure and routine. Managing 20+ kids and all of their stuff is no easy task, and keeping your students focused can depend on maintaining an orderly and well thought out classroom. To keep your students on task and working productively, take a look […]

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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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