Homework is Boring

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Tweet This is not going to be a post about how I am against homework.  (Although, I do have mixed feelings about it.) This is not a post about how we need to make homework more meaningful for our students.  (Although it may get there eventually.) It’s about the societal attitude in this country (and […]

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Less is More – Giving Thanks

Tweet Thanksgiving is a time for family and, of course, being thankful for all that we have.  Last week, when I wrote Less is More: A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life, I was overwhelmed by the response from people who commented, tweeted and sent me emails in reply.  There are many people who […]

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I had a piece of cardboard…

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Tweet How can a piece of cardboard become an inspiration for students?  Read on… I finally got the big package in the mail: a large book that I can use to teach some reading strategies and skills to small groups. It looked like a good fine in the Scholastic catalog, so I used some of […]

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Less is More – A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life

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Tweet Ever feel overwhelmed?  I’d be willing to make a large bet that more than 90% of the people reading this will say loud and clear, “YES!” That’s how I’ve been feeling lately with many things and I’ve been contemplating all the ways I can try and simplify things at school, at home, on the […]

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Never Assume

Svetlana Stroganova

Tweet I find myself saying this quite a bit as a teacher.  It seems too often we assume students have all the skills they need, but that is not always true.  I know, this doesn’t seem like a positive way to start this post, but it can be a reality.  Sometimes we take for granted […]

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Arts Integration for the Art Teacher

RED by Arash and Kelly  This painting is one that is used in an example in the post.

Tweet This week, I wrote a guest post for Jessica Balsley’s website Art of Education.  She is an art teacher who provides many resources and ideas for other teachers interested and invested in arts education.  I decided to stay with my focus on arts integration and cater to her major audience – art teachers.  Here […]

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Norman Rockwell, Reading and Studio Day

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Tweet A couple of weeks ago, my students took their first unit reading test online.  I do like how the online testing tells results very quickly. So, I took advantage of this and discovered a long list of reading skills my students are lacking as a whole. They are: Main idea and detail, sequence, generalization, drawing […]

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Teaching is an Art

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Tweet Kristina Peterson offers us this beautiful piece on teaching.  Enjoy.  ~EMP …then a different question presented itself: “Am I a good teacher?” And he had to answer, “No, I’m not – not always. For teaching is an art: Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t” (Strafford, The Muses Among Us 2003, 70). Once upon […]

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