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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Keep Them Motivated through Halloween

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Tweet For me, Halloween can be a challenge.  The build up and the sugar alone make it hard to keep kids focused.  Today we have a guest post from Louise Blake who will give us some great ideas and activities to help keep kids engaged and motivated through the season.  ~EMP Fall is probably one […]

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Shake the Sketch Review and Giveaway!

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Tweet This past summer I was invited to join a team of teachers by presenting my ideas on Music and Literacy and Studio Days at the Connectivity Virtual Conference hosted by Susan Riley of educationcloset.com.  While there, the hostess and arts integration specialist spoke about her new book Shake the Sketch.  I was very excited […]

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Developing Fine Motor Skills: The Key to Writing

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Tweet Today’s guest post about fine motor skills is a great reminder that we should focus every so often on the basics to make sure our students are really understanding the fundamentals about writing.  It’s not just about the content or the style, but also about the skill or writing.  ~EMP Learning to write effectively […]

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Grasping a Teachable, Musical Moment to Write

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Tweet Sometimes you have such a teachable moment and you just have to go with it.  That’s what happened the other day during my class’s Active Listening time at snack.  Each day my students and I listen to music – one piece per week.  We listen, discuss and learn about music and how music is […]

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3 Helpful Tips for Teachers to Diffuse Tension in Angry Parents

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Tweet With parent conferences just around the corner for many schools, we thought this would be a timely article for you.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Being a teacher comes with many responsibilities, among them the task of dealing with unhappy parents. While many parents are willing to bend over backwards and work with the teacher to help […]

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