How Design Can Impact Learning – Info Graphic


Tweet Sometimes you can glean interesting information and ideas to consider for your classroom through an info graphic.  Enjoy this info graphic about classroom design and add your own comments below.  

Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom

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Tweet Countless research studies have shown us that music causes a wide range of psychosomatic effects to our bodies. It can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain, reduce blood pressure or even boost our immunity. At some point music caught the eye of psychologists examining human cognitive capabilities and learning. Consequently, music was unveiled […]

6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids


Tweet Reading is one of the most important skills in life, even with the vast improvement in technology it is still an essential skill. The earlier children become excited about reading the better reader they will become. Reading has also been shown to improve cognitive and creative skills; in particular children who read have better […]

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!


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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Active Listening Time – A Vehicle for the Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet Over the last weeks, I have received many emails, a few comments and some personal inquiries into active listening time. In nearly each post in this series I’ve highlighted how this time allows me to make connections between music and literacy every day with my students. Whether it be visualization and reading, listening for […]

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The BME Rule

Tweet If there is one thing my students learn before they leave me to move onto the next teacher, it’s the BME Rule.  I have a sign in my classroom that states: “The BME Rule – All Good Writing is Following It!” It has to do with the fact that all good pieces of writing […]

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Visualization in Music and Writing

Tweet In my last post, I wrote about how visualization using music can help students build their visualization in reading.  In this post, I want to explore the possibilities of using musical visualization to prompt good writing. Being able to allow students to imagine their story, repeat it in their minds, and “walk around” their […]

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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


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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