Put Us Together and Give Us Some Time

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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

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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

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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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Reviewing 2011, Looking Ahead to 2012

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Tweet Just as so many sites are doing, I too am giving you a look at the past year and a glimpse into the future of The Inspired Classroom. This year saw some fun new ventures.  I held my first arts integration grad course this summer with great success.  Also this summer was the first […]

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Put Things into Perspective

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Tweet The end of 2011 has me really thinking about life, work, parenthood, and teacherhood.  I’m trying to put things into perspective.  What are the tops of my lists?  At home – quality time with my family.  At school – time to invest in the learning of my students.  This vacation break, I’ve decided to […]

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Holiday Music Bringing Joy in the Classroom

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Tweet Music does bring us joy.  We listen to it, sing it, perform it, stand in awe of it.  Whether we are musicians or not, there is a place in our hearts for music.  The holidays are no different.  I love using music in many ways during the holidays: as we decorate our tree I […]

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