Everyone Has a Backstory

Sad and Lonely

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

Retreat Registration is Open

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Tweet I. Love. April.  It is truly my favorite month to be a teacher.  (April 1st is probably the only first-of-the-month that I find myself totally prepared for…did I just admit that?)  Not only is it about the daffodils and spring, the warm sun and the new, green grass, it’s because it is both Jazz […]

Generate a Little Excitement in Your Classroom

from Movement and Wellness Studio Day

Tweet Today I felt inspired. Sometimes, I go into a day with a plan and that plan goes “‘bye ‘bye” once the day gets started. I love those days, because more times than not, my students end up getting something great out of my teaching and I get something great out of my students!  Not […]

Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

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Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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Why the Arts?

Tweet Some people may be wondering… why the arts?  Why when we are so knee deep in preparing for standardized tests do we need the arts?  Why when we are being pushed into using more and more technology do we need the arts?  Why?  Because we do!  The arts mold our culture.  They extend who […]

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The National Anthem Project Explained in Video

Tweet The National Anthem Project post got a lot of attention this past fall when I posted it originally in September. In fact, it was because of this post that I was asked to present on this school-wide project during a session given by @band_techie and a couple of his colleagues at the National Middle […]

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When You Can Make it Jazz – Creativity through Rigor

Tweet A few days back I saw this tweet from @educatoral: I followed the link to find this video by Sir Ken Robinson. I found his reply to be very complete. You truly need discipline and skill in order to release your creative potential. It also reminded me of a post from the “Freedom in […]

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A Year in Review – An Interseries for January

Tweet Happy New Year! And it’s more than just a change from 2010 to 2011.  January marks the rebirth of The Inspired Classroom!  Last January was a relaunching of the site and marking of my dedication to blogging through Blog Series.  Over the last year, I have posted faithfully every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting […]

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Thank You for 2010 – A Message to My PLN

Tweet At this point in my career, I do not know what I would do without my PLN. You guys are great! Over the last 12 months, I have poured my professional (and as is so connected, at times my personal) heart out over this wonderful profession we share: education. As Beethoven once said, “I […]

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Getting Ready for #rscon11

Tweet I am so excited to be gearing up to present at #rscon11!  It is such a great honor to be asked to present on a topic I love: arts integration!  The global conference is being held on January 8, and is organized by Shelly Terrell, Christopher Rogers, Kelly Tenkely, Greta Sandler, Lisa Dabbs, and Melissa Tran.  The main […]

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A Merry Christmas Slacker Post

Tweet A few months back I wrote a “slacker post” because I needed a little break. Well, today, as I’m sure you can understand, I’ve decided to do the same. It is, after all a day for family. So, go and have a wonderful day with your family and friends. Slack off a bit too! […]

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Holiday Joy in Arts

Tweet What is it about the arts that bring so much joy to so many people during the holidays?  The music on the radio, concerts, ballets, decorating a tree, creating a wreath,dancing, cooking, singing, telling stories…  these are all natural ways to celebrate the season and they are all embedded in the arts. It’s the […]

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Grooveshark – Making Playlists for the Classroom

Tweet My last two posts have included live playlists powered by Grooveshark.  In a sentence – I LOVE Grooveshark.  I’ve only been using it only for a short time, but I can see so many possibilities for it in my teaching and sharing with teachers.  Let me explain: As the author of a book about […]

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