6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

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Tweet Reading is one of the most important skills in life, even with the vast improvement in technology it is still an essential skill. The earlier children become excited about reading the better reader they will become. Reading has also been shown to improve cognitive and creative skills; in particular children who read have better […]

Dance Your Way through STEAM

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Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

Is it bad that…?

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Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

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6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids

teacherreadstudent

Tweet Reading is one of the most important skills in life, even with the vast improvement in technology it is still an essential skill. The earlier children become excited about reading the better reader they will become. Reading has also been shown to improve cognitive and creative skills; in particular children who read have better […]

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Dance Your Way through STEAM

BEST dance

Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

Full Story »

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

fivehand

Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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It Takes a Village

village_clip_art_16960

Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

Full Story »

Is it bad that…?

female HS teacher

Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

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Reading slowly can help you concentrate and reduce stress levels

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Tweet There is no doubt that electronic gadgets have taken over our lives. It is not possible to walk down a street without seeing several people on their cell phones. Coffee shops and even restaurants frequently have people sat staring at their tablets or smart phone, checking their social media status. Being exposed to electronic […]

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Why Coloring Matters

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Tweet “Garfield Goose 1953 book at home in castle” by Frazier Thomas. Copyright 1953 by Personality Features. – eBay item photo. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Garfield_Goose_1953_book_at_home_in_castle.jpg#/media/File:Garfield_Goose_1953_book_at_home_in_castle.jpg My kids are young and they enjoy art. They have a fine art teacher (a dear friend of mine), and that translates into enjoying art […]

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Mathapalooza

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Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

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Building Modern Artists: 3 ways to encourage creativity through tablets

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Tweet As mobile technology becomes an important platform for education, many educators are now maximizing devices for learning processes inside the classroom. Based on a 2014 research by Ofcom, one in three children owns a tablet device and that figure is expected to double in the coming years. A good tool for subject discussion, mobile […]

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