A Teacher’s Tale

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Tweet You will be touched by this beautiful and inspiring story of a teacher who brought a world of reading to a parent in need.   Enjoy this tale of a caring and compassionate teacher I am proud to know.~EMP In my twenty years of teaching, every so often, a student comes along that amazes me.  […]

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What’s on Your End of the Year List?

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Tweet There sure is a LOT to do at the end of a school year.  Hopefully you are almost done with your list.  I’m checking things off at a rapid speed now as today is my last day with my students. Finish Report Cards! Pass in your teacher binder, keys and badge Give the office […]

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Rhythmic Fractions

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Tweet Earlier this year, my students explored the commonalities between musical rhythms and fractions.  The Common Core State Standards put a huge emphasis on fractions earlier in students elementary years now, and I believe this helped some students to understand more about the basic concepts of fractions.  They were able to draw out the fractions, […]

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How I Got Stephen King to Hang Out at My School

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Tweet How’s that for a Did List item?  Check out this amazing story!  ~EMP I never thought I’d ever write that line. The prolific Stephen King, a man so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, popped into my high school yesterday for a visit. No fan fare. No press. Just Steve, rolling up in his Ford, […]

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The Path To College

Tweet The school year is over for most students but that doesn’t mean education stops. Summer is the perfect time to hone your best subjects and improve on the rest. For many younger students, this means a few review worksheets but for many high school students the focus is on the future. This means preparing […]

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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom

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Tweet I’m happy to bring you this article from a dear colleague of mine who works hard to always bring wonderful arts integrated lessons into her classroom.  This is a great reflection of her journey this year and hopes for the next.  ~EMP “Mrs. Mitchell, what colors should I use?”   I couldn’t believe what […]

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Reflecting in Words and Sketches

Logos created to illustrate reading comprehension strategies

Tweet Over the past few years, I’ve been implementing reflection journals.  It started as a lined notebook where students took a moment at the end of each day to reflect on the day.  We created covers for these journals during a Studio Day in order to make them personal and meaningful for the year. During […]

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3 Reasons You Need a Did List

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Tweet What is a did list?  It’s a list you make AFTER you accomplish things, not before.  Sure we all make To Do lists, but at the end of a school year (or any time of year) it’s great to take a moment and reflect on things you have done – create a Did List. […]

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Versatility for the Real World

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Tweet “I’m never going to use this in the real world anyway.” It’s a constant refrain of students as they struggle with studies and get bored with certain subjects. As students mature, they begin to view “real world” vocationally, misunderstanding that even if they pursue a career as a lawyer then the basics of geometry […]

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