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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It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

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Mathapalooza

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Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

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Three Non-Academic Barriers to Entering College

Tweet It’s not about the grades. Every high school graduate has the grades to enter college at some level. Though at its lowest point in a long time, 65% of high school graduates move on to college. That means more than a third of those who theoretically made the grade, didn’t even bother to go. […]

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How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

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Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

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Stop, Drop and Color

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Tweet I used to think that using coloring pages was a waste of time.  I felt that giving someone a blank paper on which to draw or color was a much better option.  However, my view has changed slightly over the years.  There is a place for coloring pages in students’ physical and emotional development.  […]

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Reflections on the Teacher Art Retreat from a Repeater Retreater

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Tweet Today I am excited to bring you a wonderful reflection from a dear friend, Mary Krikorian.  She has attended every Teacher Art Retreat and in this piece, she captures the essence of what this type of professional development is all about.  Thanks, Mary!  Enjoy, everyone! ~EMP TEACHER ARTS RETREAT – Reflection August 4-6, 2014 […]

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Retreat Registration is Open

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Tweet I. Love. April.  It is truly my favorite month to be a teacher.  (April 1st is probably the only first-of-the-month that I find myself totally prepared for…did I just admit that?)  Not only is it about the daffodils and spring, the warm sun and the new, green grass, it’s because it is both Jazz […]

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Bitter or Better

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Tweet It wasn’t long ago that I was introduced to this:  You can get bitter about it or you can get better. Immediately, my mind traveled to education and my position as a teacher.  So many times I have been faced with something challenging, unnecessary or down right negative.  And let’s face it, it is […]

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