About Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
Website: http://www.theinspiredclassroom.com
Elizabeth Peterson has written 426 articles so far, you can find them below.


Is Teacher-Centered PD Legit?

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Tweet I write the words Teacher-Centered PD with pride when I advertise the Teacher Art Retreat each year.  But I know that not everyone sees that as a legitimate way to spend PD time. “Student-Centered” is what we need to focus on, and I agree.  Of course education is about doing what’s best for the […]

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Get Inspired!

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Tweet Rejuvenating! Having Conversations,  Making Connections Total Participation Creating and Sharing These are some of the responses that were told to me in the last 20 minutes of past Teacher Art Retreats.  I don’t want you to miss out on this type of amazing experience! I am always so energized by the time we have together at […]

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Imagine, Create, Innovate

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Tweet What does it mean to imagine, create and innovate?  These three powerful concepts should be what drives education.  More importantly they should drive professional development.  I like to think of the relationship among these ideas as an ongoing cycle that feeds into another. With inspiring professional development, teachers have time to be creative through […]

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The Missing Paint

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Tweet The paint is missing! The paint! The paint! Oh where, oh where has it gone? I see it no more, when I open the door. Oh where, oh where has it gone?   It has been replaced, replaced, you say And what, and what is there now? Is it glue, is it glitter, is […]

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Music’s Effect

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Tweet Yesterday morning, my next door teacher did something to me – she played music – and it affected my whole body.  She put on the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to create an atmosphere of calm in her room and, working in a modified open concept classroom, the sounds infiltrated my room and […]

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March into Music and Literacy

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Tweet March is one of my favorite months at The Inspired Classroom as we get to focus on both Music and Literacy!   In this post, you will get a listing of some of our favorite and most popular posts for both music and literacy.  There are so many great articles listed here, you just may […]

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Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

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Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

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Happy Birthday, Beethoven

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Tweet One of my favorite holidays is coming up soon.  If you have been following me over the years, you know it’s not just the traditional holidays, but a very special one – Beethoven’s Birthday on December 16th! December (or any month, really) is a great time to spend some time listening to some of […]

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Thoughtful, Thankful and Thrilling Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

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Tweet With Thanksgiving around the corner, of course we need to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.  Having students create crafts and pictures of turkeys makes for fun activities and there’s always the wonderful writing prompt: “What are you thankful for?” But there are other things students can write about […]

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