Friendly Friday Notes – SEL Activity for your Students

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Tweet Kindness is always a great topic to discuss with your students. Practicing kindness is very important as well and giving them structured opportunities to do so can be easy. Here’s on great idea that I started on a whim last week for “Friendly Friday” and it was a big hit! Give each student a […]

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The (Anti)Power of Internet: How To Teach Your Students to Use It Wisely

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Tweet More than three billion people worldwide use the internet every day; with the click of a button anyone, anywhere, can access a wide array of websites on multiple devices. As a teacher, this can benefit you. Being able to show your students ways to research things on suitable sites such as Wikipedia adds a […]

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Organizing Fun Movie Club Lessons – a Way to Bond with Students

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Tweet Let’s go back in time for a moment: what do you remember from your days at school? Do you vividly recall all those classes that meant listening to the teacher who was giving a boring lecture? That’s hardly the case. Do you remember informal classes? Sometimes the teachers allowed you to discuss different topics […]

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Winter TAR Schedule Released

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Tweet It has been an exciting few months planning and getting registrants for the first ever Winter Teacher Art Retreat!  With only 2 spots left, I thought I’d share the schedule we plan to enjoy in the hopes that we can make this a sell out event!  Meals and lodging are included and there are […]

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The Arts and Trauma

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Tweet Trauma and the Classroom The adjustment counselor at my school introduced me to the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, today’s leading expert on trauma treatment.  It seems that we are discussing things like trauma and social-emotional learning a lot in education and so she forwarded our staff a link to watch an […]

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Feeling Drained? How Teachers Can Motivate Themselves to Keep Going

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Tweet This is a great reminder post about something teachers struggle with all the time – feeling drained.  Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful so that you can get yourself back up and motivated once more!  And for a bonus tip from me, make sure you read to the end.  😉  ~EMP I used […]

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Music to Learn By – Soundtracking My Classroom

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Tweet In my last post, Music Sets the Tone, I described my intention of using music more in my classroom as a backdrop to all our activities. It’s been over a week that I have been faithfully soundtracking my classroom!  I have committed to teaching while some sort of music is constantly playing and it […]

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Music Sets the Tone

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Tweet In recent weeks, I’ve been researching out how to use music as a tool for focusing and working in preparation for one of the focuses of this year’s Winter Teacher Art Retreat. We probably have all experienced music (or the lack of it) in a variety of places: restaurants, stores, in our car, at […]

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Finding Inspiration

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Tweet Every few weeks or so, my mother and I go to Symphony Hall in Boston.  It’s always fun to go into Boston at night, drink a glass of wine and enjoy quality music, but last week was particularly wonderful.  I always enjoy a good piano sontata and being able to listen to one by […]

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