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 […]

Testing – as an Opportunity

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Tweet I could focus on the negative things that have to do with standardized testing: for students, parents, and of course teachers.   But today I’m going to try and be positive and focus on something good that actually came out of testing this year.  Something I observed just yesterday as my fourth grade students […]

Three Non-Academic Barriers to Entering College

Tweet It’s not about the grades. Every high school graduate has the grades to enter college at some level. Though at its lowest point in a long time, 65% of high school graduates move on to college. That means more than a third of those who theoretically made the grade, didn’t even bother to go. […]

Reading actual books can be good to your health! Check it out…

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Tweet Reading a book or an in-depth article is becoming a dying art. Most of us now confine our reading to the latest social trend or the news on Facebook. The problem is that most of our reading does little to challenge our brains. Research has shown that there are many benefits to reading. If […]

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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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The Doodler – A Lesson in Identifying Multiple Intelligences

Tweet I have a doodler in my classroom.  He is a chatty one too!  He’d rather doodle than do, well, any school work that’s for sure.  He likes to practice new methods he’s learned in art class and sketch out a video game scenario or two.  And, truth be told, he’s pretty good. But yesterday, […]

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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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