Is it bad that…?

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Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

Reading slowly can help you concentrate and reduce stress levels

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Tweet There is no doubt that electronic gadgets have taken over our lives. It is not possible to walk down a street without seeing several people on their cell phones. Coffee shops and even restaurants frequently have people sat staring at their tablets or smart phone, checking their social media status. Being exposed to electronic […]

Why Coloring Matters

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Tweet “Garfield Goose 1953 book at home in castle” by Frazier Thomas. Copyright 1953 by Personality Features. – eBay item photo. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Garfield_Goose_1953_book_at_home_in_castle.jpg#/media/File:Garfield_Goose_1953_book_at_home_in_castle.jpg My kids are young and they enjoy art. They have a fine art teacher (a dear friend of mine), and that translates into enjoying art […]

Mathapalooza

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Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

Building Modern Artists: 3 ways to encourage creativity through tablets

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Tweet As mobile technology becomes an important platform for education, many educators are now maximizing devices for learning processes inside the classroom. Based on a 2014 research by Ofcom, one in three children owns a tablet device and that figure is expected to double in the coming years. A good tool for subject discussion, mobile […]

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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

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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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The Connections Between Music and Reading

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Tweet It has always fascinated me to think of all the connections music has with reading.  In fact, last year, I remember looking over my district’s literacy curriculum, thinking how nearly everything stated on those pages about reading and literacy could be paralleled to music study. In my book, Inspired by Listening, I explore all […]

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Music and Literacy

Tweet Music and literacy go hand in hand.  This may not seem apparent at first, but when you dig deeply, it’s amazing how many connections the two really have.  There is the natural connection between things like music and poetry and you may quickly see the connection between music sound tracks and story lines or […]

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Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration

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Tweet There are so many natural connections between the MI theory and Arts Integration.  Some of them are obvious when you consider some of the Smarts that are identified: music, kinesthetic,  visual/spacial, linguistic.  But the MI theory goes even further with the other Smarts: logical, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal.  However, even these smarts are based […]

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Crystallize, Don't Paralyze!

Tweet How do you approach teaching?  When you are with students, how do you act?  What do  you say?  Are you engaging and encouraging?  Are you curt and sarcastic?  Are you somewhere in between?  (These are questions I ask of you and of myself…we’re in this together, after all. ) In the book I am […]

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The Multiple Intelligences and Technology

Tweet Melissa Edwards is one of my “go-to” people when it comes to purposefully using technology in the classroom.  A few weeks ago we were chatting about the Multiple Intelligences, and she put a post together that included some great resources and references.  So, if you are interested in spending some time clicking through and […]

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The 6 Hour Retarded Child

Tweet Did the title get your attention?  It should!  This is just another “Woah!” that I discovered while reading Thomas Armstrong’s Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom. According to Armstrong, this phrase was used years ago to describe “a student who showed little promise or potential in the classroom but was a real achiever outside of […]

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