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Inspired by Listening book

Tweet It’s still Cyber Monday-Week, so we’ve cut the prices on books.  Consider getting an arts integration book for yourself or someone else for the upcoming holiday or just because.  Inspired by Listening, usually $24.95 is now $20 and Integrating the Works of Norman Rockwell into Reading Instruction, usually $4.95 is now only $2.95! Quick […]

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The Classroom S–t–r–e–t–c–h

kids stretching

Tweet I’m completing a online wellness challenge through my school’s health insurance.  Overall, I’m logging in my time exercising each day and weight each week, but each week there is also some other challenge.  One week it was to eat up to 9 servings of fruits and veggies, the next it was to keep a […]

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Homework is Boring

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Tweet This is not going to be a post about how I am against homework.  (Although, I do have mixed feelings about it.) This is not a post about how we need to make homework more meaningful for our students.  (Although it may get there eventually.) It’s about the societal attitude in this country (and […]

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Less is More – Giving Thanks

Tweet Thanksgiving is a time for family and, of course, being thankful for all that we have.  Last week, when I wrote Less is More: A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life, I was overwhelmed by the response from people who commented, tweeted and sent me emails in reply.  There are many people who […]

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I had a piece of cardboard…

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Tweet How can a piece of cardboard become an inspiration for students?  Read on… I finally got the big package in the mail: a large book that I can use to teach some reading strategies and skills to small groups. It looked like a good fine in the Scholastic catalog, so I used some of […]

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Less is More – A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life

zen-garden rock

Tweet Ever feel overwhelmed?  I’d be willing to make a large bet that more than 90% of the people reading this will say loud and clear, “YES!” That’s how I’ve been feeling lately with many things and I’ve been contemplating all the ways I can try and simplify things at school, at home, on the […]

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Never Assume

Svetlana Stroganova

Tweet I find myself saying this quite a bit as a teacher.  It seems too often we assume students have all the skills they need, but that is not always true.  I know, this doesn’t seem like a positive way to start this post, but it can be a reality.  Sometimes we take for granted […]

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Arts Integration for the Art Teacher

RED by Arash and Kelly  This painting is one that is used in an example in the post.

Tweet This week, I wrote a guest post for Jessica Balsley’s website Art of Education.  She is an art teacher who provides many resources and ideas for other teachers interested and invested in arts education.  I decided to stay with my focus on arts integration and cater to her major audience – art teachers.  Here […]

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Norman Rockwell, Reading and Studio Day

spiral books

Tweet A couple of weeks ago, my students took their first unit reading test online.  I do like how the online testing tells results very quickly. So, I took advantage of this and discovered a long list of reading skills my students are lacking as a whole. They are: Main idea and detail, sequence, generalization, drawing […]

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