Dance Your Way through STEAM

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Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

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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 […]

It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

Is it bad that…?

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Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

Reading slowly can help you concentrate and reduce stress levels

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Tweet There is no doubt that electronic gadgets have taken over our lives. It is not possible to walk down a street without seeing several people on their cell phones. Coffee shops and even restaurants frequently have people sat staring at their tablets or smart phone, checking their social media status. Being exposed to electronic […]

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Music in Foreign Language Instruction: Classroom Activities

Tweet I am excited to bring you another guest blogger today!  Maria Rainier is a classically trained pianist, piano teacher, blogger for First in Education and is fluent in Spanish.  I’m sure you will find her ideas inspiring not for foreign language study, but for literacy in general!  ~EMP I’ve been through years of Spanish […]

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Guest Blogger – Maria Rainier

Tweet Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education, playing with the newly revealed college degree value calculator and researching the best paying degrees available. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop. She studied English and music at […]

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Visualization in Reading and Music

Tweet Using visualization strategies while listening to music is very beneficial to students as they read and write.  When students close their eyes, they can then describe what they imagine when they listen to music. These experiences can be used to draw their attention to how visualization with music parallels with reading.  Some students may […]

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Reinforce the Writing Process through Musical Creation

Tweet What better way to explore the writing process than with music?!  Musical creation, or composition, is nearly identical to the writing process that we teach our students.  Just look: Composing Writing Prewriting Students brainstorm sounds/melodies for their composition. Students brainstorm ideas/topics  for their writing. Rough Draft Students get their ideas down. Students get their […]

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The Good Things about Reading (and Listening) Again

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Tweet   One parallel between reading and listening to music that comes up again and again in my classroom is repetitive listenings and readings.  When you actively listen to music, it is important to have students listen again and again over the course of some time (each day for a week, for example).  Each time […]

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Celebrate Music and Literacy – book sale!

Tweet This month we are celebrating the connections between MUSIC and LITERACY for “Music in Our Schools” and “Literacy” month!  And what better way to celebrate than to have a sale on a great resource that integrates the two? Inspired by Listening is a fabulous teacher resource for integrating musical listening experiences with your literacy […]

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The Connections Between Music and Reading

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Tweet It has always fascinated me to think of all the connections music has with reading.  In fact, last year, I remember looking over my district’s literacy curriculum, thinking how nearly everything stated on those pages about reading and literacy could be paralleled to music study. In my book, Inspired by Listening, I explore all […]

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Music and Literacy

Tweet Music and literacy go hand in hand.  This may not seem apparent at first, but when you dig deeply, it’s amazing how many connections the two really have.  There is the natural connection between things like music and poetry and you may quickly see the connection between music sound tracks and story lines or […]

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Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration

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Tweet There are so many natural connections between the MI theory and Arts Integration.  Some of them are obvious when you consider some of the Smarts that are identified: music, kinesthetic,  visual/spacial, linguistic.  But the MI theory goes even further with the other Smarts: logical, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal.  However, even these smarts are based […]

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