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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Captain Kirk Got it Wrong

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Tweet I know you will enjoy Dara’s writing here as she reflects on her time creating and awakening her brain.  I always enjoy sharing examples like this where teachers are inspired by the creative work they do.  ~EMP I have decided that Captain Kirk got it wrong. Space is not the final frontier…art is. It has […]

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Onomonopia

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Tweet Onomonopia, it is such a freaky word, But on Halloween, to not use it would simply be absurd. There are so many sounds that we hear around this spooky time. You should use it in your writing, or while slurping up some slime. 😉   You could think of cackling witches, or a door that goes creeeaaak, A swooshing, whirring bat […]

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Displaying Student Work

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Tweet Some teachers spend a lot of time putting up displays.  It seems to be second nature: display important content, display reminders, attractive posters and of course, student work.  If you are like me, you don’t always have the time to do and redo bulletin boards every week or so, but you may realize the […]

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5 Tips to Arrange Your Classroom for Maximum Productivity

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Tweet Classrooms can get pretty chaotic if you aren’t able to maintain structure and routine. Managing 20+ kids and all of their stuff is no easy task, and keeping your students focused can depend on maintaining an orderly and well thought out classroom. To keep your students on task and working productively, take a look […]

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