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.


Call for Proposals for the 2014 Teacher Art Retreat

Ayanna presented at T.A.R. 2011.  "Poetry Unhinged - It's Just Words, Man"

Tweet It’s that time of year! I’m so excited that we are starting plans for this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat. Our workshop sessions are always so wonderful because they are led by teachers and artists who allow the participants to dig into a project, gain experiences and reflect on them.  We’ve had everything from music […]

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What Makes an Inspired Classroom?

wordle insp teacher

Tweet As a new year is well underway, I thought it would be fun to explore with you what truly makes an Inspired Classroom.  So, I’ll start by putting the question out to all: What makes an Inspired Classroom? I think it breaks down into two main things: the teacher and the room. The Teacher: […]

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A Ray of Sunshine for this Blogger

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Tweet It’s nice to be recognized as a blogger every so often.  A couple of weeks ago, Jon Harper ‏@Jonharper70bd, a new Twitter follower of mine recognized me and 10 other bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Jon’s blog is Bailey & Derek’s Daddy, where he blogs about his thoughts on leadership and education.  The Sunshine Blogger Award […]

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Revitalization

kids and mom

Tweet   It’s a new year, and I think I’m ready to take it on!  After months of turmoil, things are settling back down into normalcy.  (Well, we’re crossing our fingers!)  My daughter was diagnosed with PANDAS1 (yes, that’s an old fashioned footnote and not a link!) and it put our family into a spin.  In the […]

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Living in the Present

Teacher Helping Student

Tweet Have you ever truly lived in the present? I mean really been able to let all other things fall by the wayside if need be and live moment to moment, taking care of things as they are needed? That is how I have been living for the past couple of months. It’s been challenging […]

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Priorities

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Tweet The Short Version: For personal and professional reasons, it’s time to reprioritize the place this blog and website have in my life.  While my heart is still very much passionate about The Inspired Classroom and all it stands for, I must change the way things run so that the other pieces of my life […]

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What Makes an Inspiring Teacher?

wordle insp teacher

Tweet I just came home from giving a wonderful workshop that included over 40 teachers who teach through the Lappin Foundation. The overarching theme was “What makes an inspiring teacher?  What does an inspired classroom look like?” Through discussion, tableaux and art making teachers summed up the answers to those questions in a random listing […]

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No More Desk!

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Tweet I did it!  I’ve been thinking about it for years (like 7 years) and I finally decided to get rid of my teacher desk! The idea first came to me at a Responsive Classroom workshop where one of the lead teachers talked about how he gave up his desk and gained more space for […]

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And the Beat Goes On!

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Tweet So, Monday evening I was concerned and writing about how we retreaters were told there is “NO Music!” at the Community Center where we were holding our annual Teacher Art Retreat and enjoying each other’s company for 15 minutes after lunch through a drumming circle. Well, many people chimed in with their opinions (thank […]

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