2015 Integrated Arts Conference

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Tweet   Every year, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire organizes a wonderful integrated arts conference.  Here is a run down of what you can expect.  If you are interested in attending, please be sure to click the link for more information.  ~EMP All elementary and secondary teachers involved with the arts, special education and […]

Thoughtful, Thankful and Thrilling Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving


Tweet With Thanksgiving around the corner, of course we need to stop and think about all the things we are thankful for.  Having students create crafts and pictures of turkeys makes for fun activities and there’s always the wonderful writing prompt: “What are you thankful for?” But there are other things students can write about […]

Blackout Poetry and Summarizing


Tweet I taught a lesson on summarizing text in my class yesterday. We did it a pretty traditional way using a great program my fourth grade team purchased that focuses on differentiating the teaching of the reading comprehension strategies.  (Comprehension Strategies Kit by Sundance) The class and I looked at a short fictional text and […]

It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

How Design Can Impact Learning – Info Graphic


Tweet Sometimes you can glean interesting information and ideas to consider for your classroom through an info graphic.  Enjoy this info graphic about classroom design and add your own comments below.  

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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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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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