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 428 articles so far, you can find them below.


Celebrate Beethoven in the Classroom

Beethoven

Tweet Special Announcement! It’s finally here – a new addition to The Inspired Classroom’s book store…. and it’s a good one too! Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven in the Classroom: A Resource for Classroom Teachers and Music Teachers Alike by Elizabeth M. Peterson This eResource is built for any teacher who enjoys music, especially that of […]

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The Classroom S–t–r–e–t–c–h

kids stretching

Tweet I’m completing a online wellness challenge through my school’s health insurance.  Overall, I’m logging in my time exercising each day and weight each week, but each week there is also some other challenge.  One week it was to eat up to 9 servings of fruits and veggies, the next it was to keep a […]

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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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