Creative Motivation: Keep Your Students Interested

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Tweet Sure, students are coming back to school and may be naturally motivated by a new school year, but here are some great thoughts and ideas of how to keep that going throughout.  ~EMP Every student learns a little bit differently. As a teacher you are well versed in this. You also know how hard […]

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Music at the Core Resources

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Tweet Today I am excited to be presenting at the second annual Connectivity Conference hosted by Susan Riley of educationcloset.com.  Her site has many wonderful resources for teachers who want to begin or continue integrating the arts into their work.  If you haven’t checked them out, please do so! This year’s Arts Integration Connectivity Conference will […]

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Arts-Based Learning for Teachers

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Tweet I see it all the time: Teachers are interested, they see the benefits, but are unsure of whether they should be attending arts-based professional development.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of needs. And my answer is almost always the same: We need arts-based learning just as much as […]

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Arts Integration in the School Library

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Tweet Today, a colleague of mine has offered her own reflection on her school year as our school librarian and teacher.  She works hard to integrate the arts into her lessons and shares some of what she has done with the readers of The Inspired Classroom.  ~EMP I have been taking professional development with a […]

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How Motivation Affects Learning

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Tweet Motivation has a direct impact on how an individual learns. The affects of motivation is normally far reaching because it increases an individual’s energy level, determines the persistence in reaching a specific goal, affects the types of learning techniques used and an individual’s thinking processes. According to human development professionals, there are two types […]

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Integrating Arts and Tech Simultaneously: Four Lesson Ideas

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Tweet Many teachers support both arts and tech integration. However, they don’t realize the two subjects can be integrated together. They become trapped thinking arts integration is analog and tech integration is digital; the former is fingerpainting, making music and dancing while the latter is calculating, researching and programming. However, there are numerous ways to […]

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Reading and Rhythm Results

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Tweet What can music do for you?  How about help you read?! In the last weeks of our school year, nine teachers in my district (including myself) tried to find out just what music, specifically rhythm could do to help our students read.  (To see more about our thoughts about this just as we were […]

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Fun & Educational Classroom Activities to Teach Kids about Other Cultures

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Tweet Today’s guest post looks at possible lesson plans concerning cultural differences showing consideration of a range of subjects, from food to clothing.  Enjoy! ~EMP When children learn about different cultures, it helps them to build a broader understanding and enables them to engage with the world around them. From food to music, our society […]

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Designing Digital Comic Books 101

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Tweet Today, we have a guest blogger who is sharing some knowledge about designing a comic book.  Enjoy!  ~EMP If you are interested in visual art in any form, it is likely that you spent your childhood admiring the art inside your comic books. For me personally, comics were the first substantial artwork I ever […]

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