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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 […]

Singing Knowledge: How Music Fosters Learning

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Tweet During the last few decades, a large number of research studies dedicated to music and its effect on our minds and bodies have demonstrated that listening to music can cause a wide range of psychosomatic effects: it can reduce our blood pressure, help us deal with pain or boost our immunity. It’s no wonder […]

Composing Songs in the Classroom

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Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

Six Science-Based Reasons Why You Should be Reading Books

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Tweet Why should we read more books? How useful is reading for the brain? In today’s advanced world of technology, books come in a wealth of forms. Starting from classic hardcover to eBooks available on smart devices, there’s literally no reason why we should avoid reading. Apart from improving our general knowledge and making us […]

Make Learning Come Alive

Kindergartners at Wheeler paint the backdrop for their school photos. (Courtesy of Ada Leaphart/Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler)

Tweet If you are a reader of The Inspired Classroom, then you understand in some capacity the power that the arts can have on learning.  Getting inspired by the arts as a teacher in order to be inspiring to students is at the core of our mission.  This week, I was honored (and happy!) to […]

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21c Skills

Tweet Call them “high-concept, high-touch senses” (Daniel Pink), “Survival Skills” (Tony Wagner), “Habits of Mind” (Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland), or “Habitudes” (Angela Maiers), these 21 Century Skills are imperative to our children’s future success.  Back in February of 2010, our blog series was focused on Education in a New Era.  Here are some highlights […]

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Make it Work (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This week I am happy to bring you a guest blogger, Susan Riley.  Susan is a music teacher in Columbia, MD and works as the arts integration site coordinator.  The the school-wide arts integration program she leads is recognized by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance as the “best arts integration program in […]

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Technology Resources

Tweet Over the last months, the bloggers at The Inspired Classroom have brought to the fore front some great tech resources.  Two are the top two posts of the site!  Today I invite you to look through some of these posts and see what resources might help you in your teaching.  Enjoy! (All posts that […]

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Collaboration through Technology

Tweet Over the past year, I have experienced the power of an online PLN mainly through Twitter.  Technology, in general, has provided me with some amazing opportunities for collaboration.  At the end of the month, I will be collaborating with @michellek107, @kylepace and @doremigirl at the Educon conference in Philly via Skype.  An otherwise missed opportunity […]

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The Value of Collaboration

Tweet One way to make integration work and work well is to collaborate with others.  We cannot be experts in everything and with all the talent that lingers in our colleagues and acquaintances (online and off) we can design some really great integration opportunities for our students. Collaboration is something I have blogged about before.  […]

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Susan Riley – Guest Blogger

Tweet Susan Riley works in Columbia, MD as a public elementary school vocal/general music teacher.  She also serves as the arts integration site coordinator and teacher development liaison for her building.  As such, Susan piloted and leads a school-wide arts integration program and serves as the professional development coordinator for teachers.  She believes strongly in […]

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Face Your Fears of Arts Integration

Tweet We all have them: personal fears and professional fears.  They mostly come out of the unknown.  If you are about to try something new and innovative, your bound to have some.  The best thing to do is to face them – head on.  Here are the most common fears I hear about when it […]

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Putting Arts Integration into Practice

Tweet Here are some great posts written by guest bloggers and myself about real life stories of arts integration in action!  Enjoy! Arts 4 Learning – Putting Integration into Practice Toni Tabora-Roberts joins us writing about a program that integrates the arts into literacy called Arts for Learning.  Please read on to find out more […]

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Follow Your Passions

Tweet Interested in integrating the arts into your teaching and unsure where to start?  Simple: Follow Your Passion, your interests, your own experiences and bring them to your students. When I first started teaching, I started with my first love – music. Thinking that all students could listen in the classroom with little preparation, I […]

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