Inspiring Futures

Svetlana Stroganova

Tweet I think I speak for a lot of teachers when I say that I chose this career because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  I love seeing children’s faces light up when they start to understand a concept, but even more, I love seeing past students and learning that my teaching […]

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To Be a Teacher – Reflections Near Mothers’ Day

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Tweet This past summer, fall and winter my family went through a lot as we struggled with some family issues.  My daughter, after a long state of despair, was diagnosed with PANDAS.  It put our family in a spin, but thankfully, I can say with confidence, that with the right treatment, she has recovered.  We […]

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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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Everyone Has a Backstory

Sad and Lonely

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

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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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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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Generate a Little Excitement in Your Classroom

from Movement and Wellness Studio Day

Tweet Today I felt inspired. Sometimes, I go into a day with a plan and that plan goes “‘bye ‘bye” once the day gets started. I love those days, because more times than not, my students end up getting something great out of my teaching and I get something great out of my students!  Not […]

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Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

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Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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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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