Musical Stories and Beethoven

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Tweet Not all musical pieces are meant to be heard as stories, but often they can be.  Just the other day, my students did a quick write using Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture to create a short story. All this month, I love to do Beethoven-based lessons with my class.  We listen to his music, study his […]

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Keep Your Students Motivated Over the Holidays

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Tweet Louise Blake comes back to us once more for some great ideas that are seasonal and practical.  Let us know if you try some of these activities.  Enjoy!  ~EMP Christmas and the Holiday season is one of the best times to be a teacher – the plays, the music and the kids’ excitement couldn’t […]

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The Clues in Music

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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