Building Modern Artists: 3 ways to encourage creativity through tablets

Tweet As mobile technology becomes an important platform for education, many educators are now maximizing devices for learning processes inside the classroom. Based on a 2014 research by Ofcom, one in three children owns a tablet device and that figure is expected to double in the coming years. A good tool for subject discussion, mobile […]

Testing – as an Opportunity

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Tweet I could focus on the negative things that have to do with standardized testing: for students, parents, and of course teachers.   But today I’m going to try and be positive and focus on something good that actually came out of testing this year.  Something I observed just yesterday as my fourth grade students […]

Three Non-Academic Barriers to Entering College

Tweet It’s not about the grades. Every high school graduate has the grades to enter college at some level. Though at its lowest point in a long time, 65% of high school graduates move on to college. That means more than a third of those who theoretically made the grade, didn’t even bother to go. […]

Reading actual books can be good to your health! Check it out…

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Tweet Reading a book or an in-depth article is becoming a dying art. Most of us now confine our reading to the latest social trend or the news on Facebook. The problem is that most of our reading does little to challenge our brains. Research has shown that there are many benefits to reading. If […]

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 […]

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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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Motivational Ideas On How To Boost A Child’s Passion For Learning Throughout The Entire School Year

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Tweet Here are some great ideas to mill around your head now and throughout the year.  Consider how they can be adapted to your own classroom and teaching situation and please add comments to share your ideas.  ~EMP As the start of the school year arrives, students fly through the classroom doors unsure of what […]

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Classroom Ideas for Just One Drum

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Tweet A drum can be powerful.  I love drums!  Although not a drummer (well, in my heart I think I am), I sure can beat on one. ;-)  How much fun would it be to bring the intensity and enjoyment that so many people have with drums into the classroom?  Here are some great ideas […]

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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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