Six Science-Based Reasons Why You Should be Reading Books

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Tweet Why should we read more books? How useful is reading for the brain? In today’s advanced world of technology, books come in a wealth of forms. Starting from classic hardcover to eBooks available on smart devices, there’s literally no reason why we should avoid reading. Apart from improving our general knowledge and making us […]

Make Learning Come Alive

Kindergartners at Wheeler paint the backdrop for their school photos. (Courtesy of Ada Leaphart/Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler)

Tweet If you are a reader of The Inspired Classroom, then you understand in some capacity the power that the arts can have on learning.  Getting inspired by the arts as a teacher in order to be inspiring to students is at the core of our mission.  This week, I was honored (and happy!) to […]

How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

Colourful classroom via Smith System

Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

Motivating the Unmotivated Student

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Tweet Those of us who are committed teachers wish that somehow we could reach every student in our classrooms. And we read, attend workshops, and continually communicate with other educators about engaging those students who are persistently dis-engaged. We also end each school year with memories – memories of those students who have been “success […]

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, […]

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Frogs to School and Other Misbehaviors: Identifying the Multiple Intelligences

Tweet In order to get free shipping on Amazon, I decided to buy a book about the multiple intelligences since they are so related to arts integration, and it turned out to be a very good move.  Thomas Armstrong’s Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom is a great read and I am learning and reflecting a […]

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Book Review for ME!

Tweet Thank you, Susan Riley for such a wonderful book review of my book Inspired by Listening. It’s such a wonderful feeling to have your work out there and appreciated!  Here is the beginning of her review: Elizabeth Peterson has been a wonderful friend to me as I have started my journey on this blog […]

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Multiple Intelligences – An Introduction

Tweet Ah, the Multiple Intelligences!  I am excited to be spending the rest of the month reflecting on these.  The MI theory fits so well into the practice of integrating the arts.  It suggests that each of us has our own way of being smart: a combination of eight intelligences.  As learners, it is important that […]

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The EduCon Experience Part II – Going Beyond

Tweet Again today, I bring you a collaborative piece put together by my team from the EduCon 2.3 session on Arts Integration.  (Find Part I here – A Collaborative Reflection) Here are some words about how we are going beyond the conversation and putting our words into action! ~EMP Contributors: Michelle Baldwin:  http://avenue4learning.com | @michellek107 […]

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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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