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.  

Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom

sheet music

Tweet Countless research studies have shown us that music causes a wide range of psychosomatic effects to our bodies. It can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain, reduce blood pressure or even boost our immunity. At some point music caught the eye of psychologists examining human cognitive capabilities and learning. Consequently, music was unveiled […]

6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Kids


Tweet Reading is one of the most important skills in life, even with the vast improvement in technology it is still an essential skill. The earlier children become excited about reading the better reader they will become. Reading has also been shown to improve cognitive and creative skills; in particular children who read have better […]

Dance Your Way through STEAM

BEST dance

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!


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 […]

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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: | @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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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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