…but I’m not an artist…

Tweet I hear this a lot and have often found myself saying it as well. But after years of dabbling in this and that, I’ve stopped. After trying things out, failing and still enjoying myself, I’ve stopped. All it took was the right people allowing me to explore my own creative side, teaching me a […]

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Providing for Creativity in Students

Tweet Every year at this time, our fourth grade team starts to prepare our students for their “Fourth Grade Celebration.”  It is not a graduation, but rather a time when the students and teachers create a performance that celebrates their time at the Cashman Elementary School as they prepare for middle school. Our theme this […]

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What's So Scary about Creative?

Tweet Creative, artistic, imaginative, inventive – these are words that are held at a high regard, yet so many people think they are not worthy of these titles. I disagree!  What I do think happens is that we don’t allow ourselves to be those things.  It’s a combination of having little time and a bit […]

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Pledge to Create

Tweet Maybe you have heard about the 30 Days of Creativity Challenge. If not, you should – From the 30 Days of Creativity website: 30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June. Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, […]

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A Visit from TIGER

Tweet A couple of years ago, I attended an Arts Integration Day at Plymouth State University.  There, I presented a hands-on workshop on Building Community through Music.  But before the workshops began, all the attendees and presenters were treated to a wonderful keynote speaker and a performance by TIGER: (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility), […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011

Tweet I am so excited to announce The Inspired Classroom’s first ever Teacher Art Retreat summer event! Join teachers from the area who are ready to treat themselves to three days of art making and idea sharing.  Whether you are interested in ARTS INTEGRATION, ART EDUCATION, or just need some time for YOURSELF, this retreat, […]

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Mad Dash to the End

Tweet Just yesterday, my 4th grade team got together to discuss the end of the year events and found ourselves overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Now here is the irony – we have steadily complained about the late end to the school year (June 27), often joking about how we will have […]

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5 Keys to Teaching with Arts Integration

Tweet Being a good arts integration teacher is more than just having great lesson plans.  It’s about your attitude and your classroom’s ambiance. Even if you have been using arts integration in your teaching, you sometimes need to remind yourself of these important aspects of the practice. I might consider these 5 points to be […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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