Dance Your Way through STEAM

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Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

Is it bad that…?

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Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

Reading slowly can help you concentrate and reduce stress levels

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Tweet There is no doubt that electronic gadgets have taken over our lives. It is not possible to walk down a street without seeing several people on their cell phones. Coffee shops and even restaurants frequently have people sat staring at their tablets or smart phone, checking their social media status. Being exposed to electronic […]

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5 Tips for Engaging Students in Creative Writing

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Tweet Upper elementary, middle and high school writing teachers will enjoy today’s guest post.  Jot down some ideas, try them out and let us know how they go! ~EMP Creative writing can be a fantastic way to improve students’ communications skills. Most students have an innate desire to create, and everyone benefits when teachers tap […]

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Memory Bags and Storytelling

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Tweet In the first week of school this year, I asked my students to create a “Memory Bag” and now the students are creating great stories out of the objects they have collected.  The idea came from an article in a recent Responsive Classroom newsletter. A Bag of Memories I began by using objects in […]

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Knowledge on the Go: Insightful Podcasts for Educators and Students

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Tweet This is a great post for teacher who simply love learning!  Podcasts are readily available to us and Melissa Miller showcases three great places to find some inspiration.  ~EMP Educational tools are thriving across so many different technological mediums; it’s hard not to be excited about it. Tablets and smartphones are making detailed and […]

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Using Interactive Technology To Engage Children In Early Years

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Tweet Children using tech devices is a hot topic.  How much is too much?  How young is too young? Today, guest blogger, Rob James gives a perspective on the use of tech in the early years.  We would love to hear your opinions on the topic!  ~EMP Interactive technology can play a significant role in […]

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Should Education Turn To The Cloud?

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Tweet Turning to the Cloud is something that so many of us find ourselves doing in parts or in whole personally.  What benefits can the cloud bring to education?  Today’s guest blogger, Victor Daily discusses. ~EMP Is cloud computing really an effective solution for issues and problems faced by the educational institutions today? Can it […]

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Graduating with Tech

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Tweet Today, I want to share an infographic with you.  This comes from Hannah Edwards from LearnStuff.com and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  She emailed me, excited to share these interesting facts about how the use of technology is rapidly growing in our schools.  I’m sure you will enjoy looking […]

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An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere

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Tweet You are certain to enjoy today’s guest post from Neven Jurkovic.  He has written a letter for all tech-fearing teachers and has done so in a positive and motivating way.  So, for today’s post in this month’s tech series, consider how you might use his ideas and words to coax a colleague or even […]

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National Anthem Activities

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Tweet National Anthem project day is coming up quickly!  I love this day.  It is a great way to celebrate Patriotism and music as September 14 is the anniversary of the penning of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. The National Anthem project was started by MENC, the Music Educators National Convention in […]

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5 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers

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Tweet  We are kicking off the month’s series of techy posts with this great one by a guest blogger who writes about YouTube channels you will want to have at your fingertips.  Enjoy!  ~EMP YouTube is a fantastic resource for educators and students alike. There are hundreds of thousands of videos that teach you just […]

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