The Blues, Storytelling and Science

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Tweet For the past few weeks, my students have been learning about “Land and Water.”  They’ve been conducting experiments, learning about the water cycle, making it rain, observing erosion, carving out riverbeds and watching the power of water. This week, we started listening to the blues and to kick things off, I chose Backwater Blues […]

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Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology

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Tweet 1:1 technology implies that each student in a classroom has access to a piece of effective technology be it a computer, laptop, tablet or other electronic devise.  Many classrooms across the country and around the world are implementing, this while others are barely there…yet!   It may be the classroom of the future for some […]

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Music and Literacy ALL Month

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Tweet This month we celebrate literacy!  So, I wanted to share some resources with you that may help to keep you inspired as the month moves on.  First, for a listing of all the resources on this website, please check out the literacy tag.  We have numerous posts by a variety of authors on the […]

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Similarities Between Running a Business and Teaching Students

Tweet Today, we have Elaine Hurst writing about how running a business and teaching can be similar. This interesting perspective can help us to see that what we do each day in the classroom is really getting our students ready for the read world.  There is so much in our hidden curriculum that is highlighted […]

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Working with Arts Standards for Arts Integration

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Tweet In my last post, I described the 4 Steps to Creating an Arts Integrated Lesson.  The major thing to remember is that when you are teaching with arts integration, your students are learning as much about the art form as they are about the other content area.  Because of this, the 3rd step is […]

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4 Steps to Creating an Arts Integrated Lesson

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Tweet The other day, while presenting to a group of teachers in Michigan via Skype, I was asked, “How can a teacher get started on creating an arts integrated lesson?”  My presentation was on this topic, but there seemed to be a need for more of a step by step approach.  So, for those of […]

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Reigniting Your Love of Teaching through Arts Integration

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Tweet I so very much believe in the power of the arts in education, but not just for the students who are learning.  It’s also very much for the teachers who are teaching!  I have seen first hand how arts integration has reignited teachers’ love of teaching, rekindled a flame that was starting to die.  […]

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The Arts and Curriculum

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Tweet My journey learning about the arts and their valuable uses in my classroom and in our schools is ongoing.  Just as with great learning in the classroom, this professional learning never ends.  Instead, my understanding of things is deepened the more I read, discuss, write, and teach both children and adults. Just yesterday, one […]

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Teachers Working and Learning Together through Arts Integration

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Tweet I love working with other teachers, and I was so fortunate to do so for the past three weekends in my own district.  14 teachers in Amesbury, MA signed up for and took my Arts Integration course.  It was yet another amazing experience where I was able to work with great teachers in grades […]

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