Helping Students Deal with Test Anxiety

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Tweet “Tis the season for summative assessments.  As report cards go out and the holidays approach, it is time for teachers to think about testing kids on their skills.  Here are some thoughts to consider.  ~EMP Summative assessment is just as important as formative assessment, as both are necessary for effective instruction and planning. Although […]

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And That’s Why I Burn the Bacon

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Tweet Every morning, my husband and kids like to have bacon with their breakfast.   My husband is usually the one to cook it (I’ve gone veg myself), but usually I get things rolling for him by putting it in the pan.  Well, there are undoubtedly those mornings where the others in my house take a […]

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Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom

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Tweet Louise Blake comes back to us with some Thanksgiving ideas for the classroom.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Every teacher knows how the holiday season can be one of the most difficult in the classroom. Children are full of Thanksgiving and Christmas excitement and, for most, the thoughts at the forefront of their minds will be solely […]

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Answering Essential Questions (in our Sketch-Reflection Journals)

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Tweet In my last post, I mentioned how this year, my students are keeping Sketch-Reflection journals.  These are journals that I made with alternating drawing and lined paper so that my students could reflect in words and also create sketches throughout the year. As the year is off and running I am finding that essential […]

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Sketch-Reflection Journals

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Tweet A couple of years back, I started having my students create and keep school reflection journals.  I knew from the first week it would prove to be a great thing.  They were given time at the end of each day to reflect on what they learned that day and on Friday, they composed a […]

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Studio Days – So Important to Our Learning!

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Tweet There’s so much to learn from being creative. That’s the backbone idea behind Studio Days. When you provide an opportunity for students to experience a Studio Day, they are given a chance to create something original from start to finish in a safe, creative environment; given time to reflect on their experience and begin […]

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Arts Integration across Classrooms—Initiatives for College Students

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Tweet Today’s guest post equips us with some great lines of advocacy for arts integration in general as well as a trend in colleges where art students are encouraged to work towards an education degree.  As always, we would love to hear your take on this! ~EMP As STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives […]

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DaDa, Bach and Halloween (a fun activity to try)

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Tweet Halloween is an interesting season in the education world.  At the elementary level, it’s a major holiday.  However, I remember feeling a sense of void in those ghoulish ways when I taught middle school.  But, I also remember going wild in high school as a senior with costumes and minor pranks.  Regardless, there’s the […]

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Shake the Sketch Winner!

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Tweet Congratulations to Alicia Schordine for winning a copy of Shake the Sketch by Susan Riley. Still interested in getting a copy of this book for yourself?  Visit our review of the book and check out the Shake the Sketch info page to order your own copy.  This is a great resource for all teachers and […]

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