Singing Knowledge: How Music Fosters Learning

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Tweet During the last few decades, a large number of research studies dedicated to music and its effect on our minds and bodies have demonstrated that listening to music can cause a wide range of psychosomatic effects: it can reduce our blood pressure, help us deal with pain or boost our immunity. It’s no wonder […]

Composing Songs in the Classroom

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Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

Six Science-Based Reasons Why You Should be Reading Books

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Tweet Why should we read more books? How useful is reading for the brain? In today’s advanced world of technology, books come in a wealth of forms. Starting from classic hardcover to eBooks available on smart devices, there’s literally no reason why we should avoid reading. Apart from improving our general knowledge and making us […]

Make Learning Come Alive

Kindergartners at Wheeler paint the backdrop for their school photos. (Courtesy of Ada Leaphart/Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler)

Tweet If you are a reader of The Inspired Classroom, then you understand in some capacity the power that the arts can have on learning.  Getting inspired by the arts as a teacher in order to be inspiring to students is at the core of our mission.  This week, I was honored (and happy!) to […]

How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

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Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

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Social Media and Video Games: the New Textbooks

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Tweet Today’s guest post is an interesting point of view about how social media (SM) and video games can help teachers and students.  Of course, we at The Inspired Classroom believe firmly in making sure students of all ages are online and gaming with parental supervision and are monitored so that their screen time is […]

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Helping Your Home-Schooled Child Make the Transition to College

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Tweet Today’s guest post focuses on home-schooled children and what their teachers can do to make sure they are ready for college.  The introduction touches on some interesting research.  I wonder if all educators can learn something from the innate home-schooling model and apply it to other aspects of education.  Please enjoy today’s post and […]

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Create and Celebrate

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Tweet This past week was the second annual Teacher Art Retreat and it was a “wonderful three days!” as one of the participant wrote.  We sang, danced, drew, glued, told stories, listened to music, drummed, looked for math in nature, acted, ate, relaxed, played with rocks, the list goes on… One of the coolest things […]

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Are the Arts Fluff?

The arts are NOT fluff!

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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My Summer Projects

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Tweet I know the end of the summer is not here, but it sure feels like it!  The commercials on TV are all about back to school.  I’m getting emails from my principal and our school’s secretary about class lists and sending letters home to parents.  And, to top it off, I’m starting to feel […]

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Anyone Who Thinks Teachers Don’t Do Anything During the Summer, is Just Plain Silly!

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Tweet That’s my post… Please add your comments.  ~EMP

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Live the Creative Process, and then Teach It

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Tweet We learn to write ourselves before we teach students to do so.  We become great swimmers and then teach others to swim.  We master the techniques of throwing a basketball, before we show our kids. The same is true for the creative process.  Living the creative process ourselves, allows us to share it effectively […]

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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

Girls reach up during a Studio Day built on movement.

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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