Dance Your Way through STEAM

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Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

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 […]

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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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Educate the Educators

Tweet Sometimes the ones we need to convince of the power of arts integration are not the parents and community members, but the educators themselves.  There are many educators who are skeptical, but even the ones who love the idea of the arts in schools are still hesitant to make it happen. Why is this? […]

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Love Affair of Learning

Tweet Promoting a love affair between the student and his or her work is one of our schools’ most important aims.” At least it should be… And the arts can help us to do just that… What are your thoughts??? ~EMP Quote from Chapter 8 “What Education Can Learn from the Arts” in the book […]

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VIA Arts Integration

Tweet There is a new Arts Integration ezine out by Susan Riley, our guest blogger this month. It will be published each quarter and this quarter the theme is 21st Century Skills. Our Inspired Classroom readers can be among the first to get a free copy of this premier issue! Just email Susan with the […]

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Party Hearty! (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is Susan Riley’s final post in her series written especially for The Inspired Classroom on School-Wide Arts Integration.  If you haven’t read the others, please do so.  You can access her archive of posts here.  They are full of great ideas and practical information – just what we love!  Be sure to follow […]

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Yummy Cheese

Tweet I’m laughing at this title because it is in recent months that I have been eating vegan.  (It has been a wonderful thing for me.)  But, I must admit that cheese is a weakness and the one faithful cheating I have done is to eat a large plate of nachos with a girlfriend of […]

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