Priorities

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Tweet The Short Version: For personal and professional reasons, it’s time to reprioritize the place this blog and website have in my life.  While my heart is still very much passionate about The Inspired Classroom and all it stands for, I must change the way things run so that the other pieces of my life […]

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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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Should Social Media Be a Course in Schools?

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Tweet Social Media has so many possibilities for educators and students alike on both a professional and personal level.  But with these opportunities comes responsibility.  Today, Ken Meyers brings this guest post that highlights some things to consider as we acknowledge and encourage the use of social media in our classrooms and beyond.  ~EMP As […]

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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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The Rule Of Five

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Tweet If you are working with a child who struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that there are periods of time you both can feel like you’re in a losing battle. It can be hard to know how to encourage the child through that struggle while also teaching them and correcting their […]

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Recycled Project Ideas: Making School Supplies

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Tweet It goes without saying that teachers everywhere are on a tight budget. We are here to give you some great ideas for craft projects that can be done on a budget using recycled materials or repurposing. School supply organizers will be covered in this article.  Check back soon for some recycled art project ideas. […]

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And the Beat Goes On!

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Tweet So, Monday evening I was concerned and writing about how we retreaters were told there is “NO Music!” at the Community Center where we were holding our annual Teacher Art Retreat and enjoying each other’s company for 15 minutes after lunch through a drumming circle. Well, many people chimed in with their opinions (thank […]

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