A Visit from TIGER

Tweet A couple of years ago, I attended an Arts Integration Day at Plymouth State University.  There, I presented a hands-on workshop on Building Community through Music.  But before the workshops began, all the attendees and presenters were treated to a wonderful keynote speaker and a performance by TIGER: (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility), […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011

Tweet I am so excited to announce The Inspired Classroom’s first ever Teacher Art Retreat summer event! Join teachers from the area who are ready to treat themselves to three days of art making and idea sharing.  Whether you are interested in ARTS INTEGRATION, ART EDUCATION, or just need some time for YOURSELF, this retreat, […]

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Mad Dash to the End

Tweet Just yesterday, my 4th grade team got together to discuss the end of the year events and found ourselves overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Now here is the irony – we have steadily complained about the late end to the school year (June 27), often joking about how we will have […]

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5 Keys to Teaching with Arts Integration

Tweet Being a good arts integration teacher is more than just having great lesson plans.  It’s about your attitude and your classroom’s ambiance. Even if you have been using arts integration in your teaching, you sometimes need to remind yourself of these important aspects of the practice. I might consider these 5 points to be […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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Practice What I Preach

Tweet Practice what I preach…that has been a saying in the back of my head for the last few weeks. Our state testing for math starts today and it has been a real challenge balancing test prep with innovative, meaningful teaching. In the past few weeks, I’ve had to squeeze in math topics we hadn’t […]

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ArtsEd Vs ArtsInt

Tweet Arts education and arts integration are two different things.  I find that some people don’t quite understand this and therefore may feel unqualified or disinterested in learning about what they have to offer their students.  Here, I am setting out to clarify a few things. Let’s get a couple of critical questions out of […]

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Arts Integration School

Tweet Recently, I was honored to be invited to visit an arts integration school here in New Hampshire.  The Seacoast Charter School in Kingston, NH is devoted to providing their students with both arts education and integration as a means to a well rounded education. During my visit, I was welcomed into all classrooms to […]

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No Closed Doors, Just Open Spaces

Tweet Before I begin, I want you to know that I hear you rapping the title of this post to the line in Bust a Move by Young MC, “No fine girls, just ugly faces…” Ok, I know that’s bad, but stick with me! There is an actual post coming… I was rereading a post […]

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