5 Ways to Use Art To Teach History

Guernica (1937), Picasso

Tweet When I was in grade school I remember hating history. I knew it was important to learn about, but the material was always so dull and uninteresting. Now that I’m older I love history. History really isn’t dull or boring at all. There are so many big events that have taken place in the […]

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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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It’s About Saying It

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Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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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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Origami in the Classroom – Hands-On How-To

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Tweet Good educators are those who engage a number of different learning styles. Visual, kinesthetic, and auditory are among the most commonly discussed of these, though philosophers of pedagogy recognize dozens more. Lesson plans that appeal to multiple styles at once not only boost classroom engagement, but also increase performance and rates of transfer. Bringing […]

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Revitalization

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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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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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