Reflections on the Teacher Art Retreat from a Repeater Retreater

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Tweet Today I am excited to bring you a wonderful reflection from a dear friend, Mary Krikorian.  She has attended every Teacher Art Retreat and in this piece, she captures the essence of what this type of professional development is all about.  Thanks, Mary!  Enjoy, everyone! ~EMP TEACHER ARTS RETREAT – Reflection August 4-6, 2014 […]

Puppets and movement and tears, oh my!

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Tweet What a wonderful first couple of days at the retreat!  We have been working on our shadow puppet shows with Judith O’Hare of You and Me Puppets which we cannot wait to see.  The amazing collaboration and creativity that is coming out of our retreaters is amazing! On Monday we moved with Deirdre Moore […]

Create Something!

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Tweet The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to […]

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 […]

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Love Affair of Learning

Tweet Promoting a love affair between the student and his or her work is one of our schools’ most important aims.” At least it should be… And the arts can help us to do just that… What are your thoughts??? ~EMP Quote from Chapter 8 “What Education Can Learn from the Arts” in the book […]

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VIA Arts Integration

Tweet There is a new Arts Integration ezine out by Susan Riley, our guest blogger this month. It will be published each quarter and this quarter the theme is 21st Century Skills. Our Inspired Classroom readers can be among the first to get a free copy of this premier issue! Just email Susan with the […]

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Party Hearty! (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is Susan Riley’s final post in her series written especially for The Inspired Classroom on School-Wide Arts Integration.  If you haven’t read the others, please do so.  You can access her archive of posts here.  They are full of great ideas and practical information – just what we love!  Be sure to follow […]

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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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