The Clues in Music

neon music notes

Tweet Music can be seen as very complex (a Beethoven symphony or Bach variation), sometimes quite simplistic (a nursery rhyme or simple melody).  Music can be heard as dark and ominous, joyful and exciting, or even angst-driven with longing. But what is it that makes music this way?  The great part about studying music is […]

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Story Beginnings and Beethoven


Tweet How do great stories begin?  They capture your interest, grab your attention, introduce you to characters and setting, and give you a sense of the overall feel of the story as they set you into a series of events that ultimately bring you to the climax of the story. Great music begins the same […]

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Make Time for Creativity


Tweet The topic of creativity is in the air.  Last night’s #ntchat was about one of my favorite topics: “Creativity in the Classroom.”  There was a lot of great discussion among teachers!  You should visit the #ntchat wiki and read through the archive of the chat. Then just this morning, my friend Melissa Edwards, over […]

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So Thankful

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Tweet A great Thanksgiving week is done and more holidays are fast approaching, but I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to give thanks for all that is alive and well here at The Inspired Classroom.  The online community is a wonderful place to grow as a professional and as a person.  […]

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Helping Students Deal with Test Anxiety


Tweet “Tis the season for summative assessments.  As report cards go out and the holidays approach, it is time for teachers to think about testing kids on their skills.  Here are some thoughts to consider.  ~EMP Summative assessment is just as important as formative assessment, as both are necessary for effective instruction and planning. Although […]

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And That’s Why I Burn the Bacon


Tweet Every morning, my husband and kids like to have bacon with their breakfast.   My husband is usually the one to cook it (I’ve gone veg myself), but usually I get things rolling for him by putting it in the pan.  Well, there are undoubtedly those mornings where the others in my house take a […]

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Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom

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Tweet Louise Blake comes back to us with some Thanksgiving ideas for the classroom.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Every teacher knows how the holiday season can be one of the most difficult in the classroom. Children are full of Thanksgiving and Christmas excitement and, for most, the thoughts at the forefront of their minds will be solely […]

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Answering Essential Questions (in our Sketch-Reflection Journals)


Tweet In my last post, I mentioned how this year, my students are keeping Sketch-Reflection journals.  These are journals that I made with alternating drawing and lined paper so that my students could reflect in words and also create sketches throughout the year. As the year is off and running I am finding that essential […]

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Sketch-Reflection Journals

Students reflect in a journal.

Tweet A couple of years back, I started having my students create and keep school reflection journals.  I knew from the first week it would prove to be a great thing.  They were given time at the end of each day to reflect on what they learned that day and on Friday, they composed a […]

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