Reschoolutions

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Tweet Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, […]

Stop, Drop and Color

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Tweet I used to think that using coloring pages was a waste of time.  I felt that giving someone a blank paper on which to draw or color was a much better option.  However, my view has changed slightly over the years.  There is a place for coloring pages in students’ physical and emotional development.  […]

Art for Special Needs Students

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Tweet Art is creative as well as being an educational experience for students. The arts provide a large variety of learning opportunities such as how to master specific art techniques, expressing oneself through art and encouragement of fine motor skills (needed to paint a picture or make a craft item). Art classes are also a rich […]

Shake Up the Holidays

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Tweet Making musical instruments is fun, creative and now…it can also serve a purpose in your classroom’s curriculum.   As we enter the holiday season, consider making an easy percussion instrument that can be the center of a holiday unit. Percussion instruments can be divided into three basic categories: strikers, scrapers and shakers. Strikers are […]

Understanding Common Core and Educating Our Students

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Tweet By now you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards learning model. If you have somehow been living in educator darkness, it is a means to standardize language arts and mathematics lessons across the country so that students will have expected learning goals for each grade level – from kindergarten to twelfth […]

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The Educon Experience – A Collaborative Reflection

Tweet Today and Thursday I am happy to be sharing with you a collaborative post created by Yoon Soo Lim @doremigirl, Kyle Pace @kylepace, Michelle Baldwin @michellek107, Andrew Garcia @berkshirecat and myself about our experiences during and after our EduCon conversation about arts integration.  (Please check out their blogs as well by clicking on their […]

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Too Many Snow Days

Tweet I remember when snow days meant a great day off from school.  And when I was a senior in High School, those were free days.  We didn’t even have to make them up at the end of the year.  Even as a teacher, a random day off is kind of nice.  They always seem […]

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Beyond the Conversation – Now DO It!

Tweet I’ve taken a break from a major blog series and found myself talking about conversations this week.  This is mostly due to EduCon 2.3 – a conference that took place over the weekend in Philly.  I was fortunate enough to present with other wonderful educators (@doremigirl, @michellek107 and @kylepace) on arts integration.  Lucky me! […]

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Conversations in the Classroom – The Cocktail Party Philosophy

Tweet Neurons in the Brain by Benedict Campbell – Wellcome Images Talking about your learning is one of the best ways to make your learning stick.  The brain is able to make better connections when you are active in your learning.  Actually speaking what you believe or what you are learning is a way to […]

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Get in the Conversation

Tweet The art of the conversation tends to be a lost one, and yet it is such an effective means of learning.  Listening and responding, call and response, you are almost in a constant state of learning and reflection.   Conversing is an important part of a teacher’s journey.  Here are some reflections on how I […]

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Educate the Educators

Tweet Sometimes the ones we need to convince of the power of arts integration are not the parents and community members, but the educators themselves.  There are many educators who are skeptical, but even the ones who love the idea of the arts in schools are still hesitant to make it happen. Why is 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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