Reflections on the Teacher Art Retreat from a Repeater Retreater

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Tweet Today I am excited to bring you a wonderful reflection from a dear friend, Mary Krikorian.  She has attended every Teacher Art Retreat and in this piece, she captures the essence of what this type of professional development is all about.  Thanks, Mary!  Enjoy, everyone! ~EMP TEACHER ARTS RETREAT – Reflection August 4-6, 2014 […]

Puppets and movement and tears, oh my!

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Tweet What a wonderful first couple of days at the retreat!  We have been working on our shadow puppet shows with Judith O’Hare of You and Me Puppets which we cannot wait to see.  The amazing collaboration and creativity that is coming out of our retreaters is amazing! On Monday we moved with Deirdre Moore […]

Create Something!

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Tweet The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to […]

STEAM Presentation Today

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Tweet Today is the  2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM!  I am excited and honored to have been presenting at this conference every year since it began three years ago.  This year, my presentation is called “Does the A Really Fit into STEM?” at 12:15 pm EST.  I hope some of you Inspired Classroom readers will be […]

Essential Classroom Tools that Enhance Children’s Learning Abilities

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Tweet What we learn often has a lot to do with how we learn it. For many, learning equals school and school equals – a sole teacher, a bunch of students, a chalkboard, desks, a table and chair for the teacher and maybe a cupboard to store coursework, tests and other pedagogical tools. But this […]

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Blueberries and Arts Integration

Integrate the artsas you would add in blueberries: put in just the right amount and fold gently.

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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Summertime!

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Tweet It’s summertime at The Inspired Classroom! For so many teachers summertime is a time for a little R&R.  Don’t get me wrong, it is for me too!  I love having a chance to spend time with my kids, hit the beach and vacation with my family.  It’s also a great chance to clean the […]

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5 of the Best Online Learning Resources

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Tweet With trillions of websites on the Internet, there are a lot of educational resources floating around out there that you may have never heard of. Whether you want to learn about the Civil War or get the answer to a  complicated math problem, there’s probably a resource out there that can help you. Since […]

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Students Find Success Blogging Online

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Tweet These last few weeks have proven to be an exciting opportunity for my students.  Overall, they LOVE blogging.  Whether they have stuck to completing only the writing assignments I’ve given them or have posted multiple posts on their own, each student has proven to themselves (and to me) that they can write quality work […]

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Getting Students Blogging Online – a rundown of blogging features

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Tweet The next step to getting students to blog after showing them the process with paper blogs and assuring students’ safety online is to get them onto their own blog!  I am using Kidblog.org.  Many of my PLN use this as well.  It is proven to be a safe site, is teacher friendly and can […]

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Computer Literacy is as Important for Students as it is for Teachers

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Tweet Today, we bring you a guest post from Elaine Hirsch.  Here she discusses the importance of teacher training in technology and the importance of making sure tech training is in the schools for students too. ~EMP The Indiana Department of Education recently reported a series of Classroom Innovation Grants from state businesses designed to […]

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