STEAM Presentation Today

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Tweet Today is the  2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM!  I am excited and honored to have been presenting at this conference every year since it began three years ago.  This year, my presentation is called “Does the A Really Fit into STEM?” at 12:15 pm EST.  I hope some of you Inspired Classroom readers will be […]

Essential Classroom Tools that Enhance Children’s Learning Abilities

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Tweet What we learn often has a lot to do with how we learn it. For many, learning equals school and school equals – a sole teacher, a bunch of students, a chalkboard, desks, a table and chair for the teacher and maybe a cupboard to store coursework, tests and other pedagogical tools. But this […]

Professional Development at Your Leisure

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Tweet For many teachers, summer means working at your leisure.  That’s what I’m doing! This summer I’m taking an online course towards my CAGS degree in Arts, Leadership and Learning which means I can work whenever I have a few moments, or I can carve out some time to dig deep into my work.   […]

The Arts Connect to Everything

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Tweet The amazing thing about the arts is that they can be integrated with nearly any other topic.  Sometimes you have to just let your mind go and imagine all the possibilities and once you get started, it can be hard to stop. I’ve been approached in person and through email by so many people […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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Yummy Cheese

Tweet I’m laughing at this title because it is in recent months that I have been eating vegan.  (It has been a wonderful thing for me.)  But, I must admit that cheese is a weakness and the one faithful cheating I have done is to eat a large plate of nachos with a girlfriend of […]

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Nuts, Bolts and…Paintbrushes? (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is the second post in Susan Riley’s mini series for Getting Started with Arts Integration.  She is focusing on how she was able to lead her teachers in MD to make change school wide. This post has great ideas and info, so please read on and be sure to catch all the guest […]

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21c Skills

Tweet Call them “high-concept, high-touch senses” (Daniel Pink), “Survival Skills” (Tony Wagner), “Habits of Mind” (Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland), or “Habitudes” (Angela Maiers), these 21 Century Skills are imperative to our children’s future success.  Back in February of 2010, our blog series was focused on Education in a New Era.  Here are some highlights […]

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Make it Work (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This week I am happy to bring you a guest blogger, Susan Riley.  Susan is a music teacher in Columbia, MD and works as the arts integration site coordinator.  The the school-wide arts integration program she leads is recognized by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance as the “best arts integration program in […]

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Technology Resources

Tweet Over the last months, the bloggers at The Inspired Classroom have brought to the fore front some great tech resources.  Two are the top two posts of the site!  Today I invite you to look through some of these posts and see what resources might help you in your teaching.  Enjoy! (All posts that […]

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Collaboration through Technology

Tweet Over the past year, I have experienced the power of an online PLN mainly through Twitter.  Technology, in general, has provided me with some amazing opportunities for collaboration.  At the end of the month, I will be collaborating with @michellek107, @kylepace and @doremigirl at the Educon conference in Philly via Skype.  An otherwise missed opportunity […]

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The Value of Collaboration

Tweet One way to make integration work and work well is to collaborate with others.  We cannot be experts in everything and with all the talent that lingers in our colleagues and acquaintances (online and off) we can design some really great integration opportunities for our students. Collaboration is something I have blogged about before.  […]

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Susan Riley – Guest Blogger

Tweet Susan Riley works in Columbia, MD as a public elementary school vocal/general music teacher.  She also serves as the arts integration site coordinator and teacher development liaison for her building.  As such, Susan piloted and leads a school-wide arts integration program and serves as the professional development coordinator for teachers.  She believes strongly in […]

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Face Your Fears of Arts Integration

Tweet We all have them: personal fears and professional fears.  They mostly come out of the unknown.  If you are about to try something new and innovative, your bound to have some.  The best thing to do is to face them – head on.  Here are the most common fears I hear about when it […]

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