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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5 Book Covers That Speak Volumes

spiral books

Tweet As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover. While this is no doubt sound advice for choosing literature and making friends, there is something to say for a well-constructed, intelligent book cover. Just as a novel’s sentence structure and diction can be analyzed for themes, motifs, and meaning, a book’s cover […]

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Norman Rockwell and Black History

ruby bridges rockwell

Tweet A picture is worth 1,000 words and as far as I’m concerned, I could talk about the works of Norman Rockwell all day!  I love his work: his ability to capture reality, innocence, truth, humor and the overall American spirit.  This year, I’ve been reaching into my collection of Norman Rockwell prints (most in […]

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Put Us Together and Give Us Some Time

engaged teachers

Tweet This past week end, I started teaching my arts integration grad course through the district in which I work.  16 teachers from grades Pre K-12 gathered together and worked hard getting started on the track of Arts Integration.  It was wonderful!  We talked, we listened, we created, we collaborated, we connected.  What else can […]

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The Push

Svetlana Stroganova

Tweet I love to tell my students that it’s my job to push them.  I want them to work hard and not settle for ok.  I have so many smart kids in my class who just have a natural gift to do well in school, but I like to push them.  The same is true […]

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Purposeful Assignments

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Tweet My last post RE-Assigning Work is a tangent thought to the thoughts in this one. There I spoke of how sometimes the assignments we give need to be given back to our students so that they can try again and do better work.  (It’s part of the process, after all of becoming better at […]

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RE Assigning Work

Teacher correcting papers at her desk

Tweet I sat correcting journals this week end and was reflecting on the quality of the work that lay in front of me.  Honestly, it wasn’t very good.  There were missing capitals and end marks, sentences that were vague and penmanship that seemed rushed.  As I sat at my kitchen table, aware of the fact […]

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How to Naturally Encourage Artistic Development in Young Children

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Tweet Today, Daniela Baker shares some easy-to-do activities that will help develop the creative side of your child.  Enjoy!  ~EMP It is important for parents to understand that physical development and cognitive development do not occur at the same rate.  While physical development may progress over a period of years, creativity peaks during the early childhood.  […]

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Balance

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Tweet Balance – That’s my one word resolution for 2012. Last week on the Art of Education blog, my PLN friend Jessica Balsley wrote a post about how she is going to make her new year’s resolution in one word.  At first, I thought this was a little crazy, but as I read on, I […]

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