Stop, Drop and Color

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Tweet I used to think that using coloring pages was a waste of time.  I felt that giving someone a blank paper on which to draw or color was a much better option.  However, my view has changed slightly over the years.  There is a place for coloring pages in students’ physical and emotional development.  […]

Art for Special Needs Students

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Tweet Art is creative as well as being an educational experience for students. The arts provide a large variety of learning opportunities such as how to master specific art techniques, expressing oneself through art and encouragement of fine motor skills (needed to paint a picture or make a craft item). Art classes are also a rich […]

Shake Up the Holidays

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Tweet Making musical instruments is fun, creative and now…it can also serve a purpose in your classroom’s curriculum.   As we enter the holiday season, consider making an easy percussion instrument that can be the center of a holiday unit. Percussion instruments can be divided into three basic categories: strikers, scrapers and shakers. Strikers are […]

Understanding Common Core and Educating Our Students

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Tweet By now you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards learning model. If you have somehow been living in educator darkness, it is a means to standardize language arts and mathematics lessons across the country so that students will have expected learning goals for each grade level – from kindergarten to twelfth […]

How Classroom Design Affects Learning

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Tweet The performance and progress of children in school is dependent on a number of factors, from the quality of the content they are being taught, the teaching methods and reinforcement of these lessons to their environment and their visceral responses to classroom surroundings. The latter dictates that it is important to build a positive […]

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Connect with Other Teachers!

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Tweet Connecting with other educators is probably the best way to grow yourself as an educator.  I’m not just talking about meeting with other educators, but connecting with them.  When we are in a staff meeting or enrolled in a class or workshop, we are usually just meeting.  When we sit around a table and […]

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A Place for Everyone and Everyone in his Place

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Tweet The title is not referring to organization.  I’m talking about students.  Bouncing off of my latest post on Blueberries and Students, I’d like to reminisce about a boy I had last year. Near the end of the year, I conducted a Studio Day in my classroom called “Movement and Wellness.”  I was excited about […]

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Literacy Is Essential

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Tweet It’s perfect timing for this guest post by Amanda Beacon.  My last post Blueberries and Students talks about how we educators are required to teach all students, that is part of the promise of public education.  Here, Amanda discusses this further and poses a possible solution to the issue of many who struggle with […]

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Blueberries and Students

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Tweet Blueberries are in season and they are on my mind.  Actually, they are in my fridge, in my pancakes, and my plan is to make a pie this week with the ones my kids and I will be picking soon. Last week, I wrote about how the arts are like blueberries – fold them […]

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5 Unforgettable Field Trips

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Tweet Whether you are nearing the end of your school year, right in the midst or even on a summer break, it’s always a good time to consider a field trip for you and your students.  Here are some great ideas for some hands-on, integrated field trips.  Plan ahead and make the most of your […]

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Blueberries and Arts Integration

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Tweet Blueberry pancakes – I made those just yesterday morning.  Blueberry muffins – that will be today.  I love them, my kids love them, my husband and my mom too.  They are in season and we just can’t get enough!  A while ago, I read this quote from another blogger. I fold fitness into my […]

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Educational Tablet Apps Fit for a Classroom

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Tweet The theme of tech seems to be reoccurring these weeks and why not?  There are so many great resources out there for teachers to use.  Here’s a guest post that focuses on apps that may work for you.  Try them out and tell us what you think of them.  ~EMP The tablet is a […]

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Let the Music be Your Master

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Tweet It’s time to get back to the roots of The Inspired Classroom.  Although I will be posting other material as well, the arts are calling and I must heed their call. So first, a story: The year was 1992 and I, a young freshman in high school was on a band trip to Hershey, […]

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Progressive Tech Skills For The Classroom

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Tweet Our guest post today is from Jenna Smith who reminds us of some important technology skills students need. Sometimes we overlook the basics (word processing) or ignore what we think students already have a handle on (social media), but it’s becoming our responsibility to take these on.  ~EMP Since so many jobs incorporate technology, […]

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