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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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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Nuts, Bolts and…Paintbrushes? (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is the second post in Susan Riley’s mini series for Getting Started with Arts Integration.  She is focusing on how she was able to lead her teachers in MD to make change school wide. This post has great ideas and info, so please read on and be sure to catch all the guest […]

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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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