What Makes an Inspired Classroom?

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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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Five Fun Ways to Reflect on the School Term

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Tweet At the end of a term, students and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that the bulk of the work is done and we can all look forward to a relaxing and fun last day of school before a well-deserved break. Some teachers like to bring in games or […]

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How to Encourage your Pupils to ask more Questions

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Tweet When children get to a certain age (around two or three years old) they start wanting to know ‘why?’ about what seems like every little thing. “Why is the sky blue, Mommy?”, “Why do I have to eat my vegetables, Mommy?”, “Mommy, why are you and daddy still asleep? I want to go to […]

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Living in the Present

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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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Say Yes To Teaching Outdoors

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Tweet Whether you are heading back to school after the long summer break or anticipating the end of a school year, it can be tricky to engage young minds that may be filled with thoughts of playgrounds, beaches and sunshine. But rather than confining learning to the classroom, why don’t you show children that learning […]

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What Makes an Inspiring Teacher?

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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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Plan Ahead: 7 Online Tools To Streamline Your Teaching

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Tweet Various studies have shown that by making lessons more technology based and interactive, teachers can increase their pupils’ level of engagement with any given subject. Teachers can also utilize online applications to help them plan and organize their day to day tasks. However, with the teaching tools market rapidly expanding and new apps and […]

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Recycled Project Ideas: Artwork from Recycled Materials

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Tweet With art budgets being slashed all over the place, these great recycled design art projects will really help defer the costs that teachers are often burdened with when it comes to helping students get those creative juices flowing. Picture Frame from a Tissue Box: Photo Credit: WikiHow (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Photo-Frame-out-of-a-Tissue-Box) Tissue boxes are available in so […]

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