The Magic of One Drum

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Tweet I bring them to the large room My students sit to wait They’re talking and they’re anxious To start up from their break.   I take a hold of one small drum Caress it with my hands, And as I beat so softly They seem to understand.   Doom, ckick-a chick; Doom doom chick […]

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Three Key Ways the Brain Learns

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Tweet Enjoy this short, but informative piece about how the brain works.  Using just these three concepts can help mold your teaching.  ~EMP When it comes to how students learn most easily, there are three principles that seem to repeatedly surface. 1. Students progress better in an active, play-based learning environment. This may seem too […]

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

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Tweet This Thursday, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is such a fun way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in […]

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Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

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Tweet Studying this poem and then creating a sort of copy-cat poem from it is a great activity for your students (and YOU) to do. This poem, Where I’m From written by George Ella Lyon, is a touching one that gives insight to the person who wrote it through the senses and visualization.  From family […]

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10 Artistic Classroom Activities

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Tweet Today’s Guest Blogger is Jan Pierce from Elementary Education Degree.   With the end of the year around the corner, it seems like a great time to try a new arts integration idea.  She provides you with 10!  Let us know if you try something out.  ~EMP With all the studies out that show how […]

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Teacher Poetry

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Tweet Teachers love poetry too!  We should be reading and creating it as much as we want our students to. Last night was a fun 4th grade chat ( #4thchat) on Twitter with other 4th grade teachers.  The topic was poetry and one teacher, Nancy Carroll ‏ @ncarroll24 asked: Does anyone write poems alongside their […]

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5 Reasons to Add Technology to Your Classroom

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Tweet It seems like a simple notion. Technology is an enormous part of contemporary life, why wouldn’t it be incorporated as part of education? But some school systems just don’t appear to grasp the concept. A portion of the problem is monetary – technology is costly. Another portion is the foreignness. The teachers don’t know […]

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4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom

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Tweet Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  and raw.  It contains so much passion, so many illusions.  It can tell a story, describe an emotion, explain a situation or throw down the truth.  But how much time do we actually commit to poetry in our […]

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The Poetry Project eResource is Here!

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Tweet Just in time for April (Poetry Month) and as a send out to March (Literacy Month), I’ve finally epublished my latest eresource – The Poetry Project as the first in a series I will continue to add to in the months ahead. The series of books is The Independent Project Series.  The purpose of […]

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