5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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Puppets in an Inspired Classroom

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Tweet Judith O’Hare is a world renowned puppeteer and the focus workshop presenter at the Teacher Art Retreat.  Today, she shares some insights to how puppets can play a part in our classrooms and in the lives of our students.  This is a preview of the wonderful things we will be learning from her at the retreat! […]

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The Arts Belong in STEM!

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Tweet Today’s post is a teaser for the post I have written for Education Closet, and is a sneak peek of my upcoming presentation at the 2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM.  I hope you join us this July! STEM was designed with integration in mind.  It is creating a lesson that incorporates the best of […]

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5 Ways to Excel in Drama & Theater

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Tweet As school years near a close, many teachers take advantage of the opportunity to put on a play.  Here are some great tips you can use with your students regardless of their level. ~EMP Amongst the many types of art that can be talked about, it’s easy to say that theater is one of […]

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To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

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Tweet Are you on the fence about whether or not to attend this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat? Consider this:  You get to be creative and get inspired alongside other educators who can support and encourage you. AND – you get professional development hours or even graduate credit for your time! Let me tell you more.  […]

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How to Inspire Creative Thinking in the Classroom

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Tweet Advocates of education reform have long complained that our schools, from pre-K to secondary, systematically stifle creativity in students. Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” is a favorite among many educators. Notwithstanding the obligatory arts classes that are part of most curricula, much of the criticism about schools and […]

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What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

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What is the Teacher Art Retreat?

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Tweet If you have ever felt uninspired at your professional development, then you are not alone.  Teachers want to go into a PD experience that will give them great ideas and rejuvenate their teaching.  As I always say, you have to get inspired to be inspiring… That’s why I created the Teacher Art Retreat.  It’s […]

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Reflections on My Classroom – Is it Inspiring?

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Tweet Now, let’s get real.  Just because I host a website and blog called The Inspired Classroom, doesn’t mean I’m the best teacher in the world or have the most inspired classroom.  I try – hard, but I’m far from perfect. There are days when we all (teachers and students) are being pulled in many […]

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