Understanding Common Core and Educating Our Students

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Tweet By now you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards learning model. If you have somehow been living in educator darkness, it is a means to standardize language arts and mathematics lessons across the country so that students will have expected learning goals for each grade level – from kindergarten to twelfth […]

How Classroom Design Affects Learning

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Tweet The performance and progress of children in school is dependent on a number of factors, from the quality of the content they are being taught, the teaching methods and reinforcement of these lessons to their environment and their visceral responses to classroom surroundings. The latter dictates that it is important to build a positive […]

Reflections on the Teacher Art Retreat from a Repeater Retreater

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Tweet Today I am excited to bring you a wonderful reflection from a dear friend, Mary Krikorian.  She has attended every Teacher Art Retreat and in this piece, she captures the essence of what this type of professional development is all about.  Thanks, Mary!  Enjoy, everyone! ~EMP TEACHER ARTS RETREAT – Reflection August 4-6, 2014 […]

Puppets and movement and tears, oh my!

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Tweet What a wonderful first couple of days at the retreat!  We have been working on our shadow puppet shows with Judith O’Hare of You and Me Puppets which we cannot wait to see.  The amazing collaboration and creativity that is coming out of our retreaters is amazing! On Monday we moved with Deirdre Moore […]

Create Something!

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Tweet The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to […]

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True Arts Integration

Tweet A topic near and dear to my heart and teaching is arts integration.  In September, I posted an article entitled, “What is True Arts Integration?”  I was worried that I may offend some people with my clear views on the subject, but instead was supported by those who felt the same way: True arts […]

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Grasp the Opportunity

Tweet Sometimes you just need to do it!  Sometimes you just need to stray from your plans and do what you feel is right in your gut!  That’s what happened to me yesterday after my students and I listened to Vivaldi’s Siciliano during our regular listening time at snack. We started listening on Tuesday and […]

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My Life Has Changed – Ode to My PLN

Tweet Oh, how life has changed for me. I’ve loved the computer since I can remember, but never before has it done to me this. I sit here daily, moment to moment Tweeting and typing Reading and listening… Because now the computer is more than a desktop; It’s a coffee house, a teacher’s lounge, a […]

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Why the Arts?

Tweet Some people may be wondering… why the arts?  Why when we are so knee deep in preparing for standardized tests do we need the arts?  Why when we are being pushed into using more and more technology do we need the arts?  Why?  Because we do!  The arts mold our culture.  They extend who […]

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The National Anthem Project Explained in Video

Tweet The National Anthem Project post got a lot of attention this past fall when I posted it originally in September. In fact, it was because of this post that I was asked to present on this school-wide project during a session given by @band_techie and a couple of his colleagues at the National Middle […]

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When You Can Make it Jazz – Creativity through Rigor

Tweet A few days back I saw this tweet from @educatoral: I followed the link to find this video by Sir Ken Robinson. I found his reply to be very complete. You truly need discipline and skill in order to release your creative potential. It also reminded me of a post from the “Freedom in […]

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A Year in Review – An Interseries for January

Tweet Happy New Year! And it’s more than just a change from 2010 to 2011.  January marks the rebirth of The Inspired Classroom!  Last January was a relaunching of the site and marking of my dedication to blogging through Blog Series.  Over the last year, I have posted faithfully every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting […]

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Thank You for 2010 – A Message to My PLN

Tweet At this point in my career, I do not know what I would do without my PLN. You guys are great! Over the last 12 months, I have poured my professional (and as is so connected, at times my personal) heart out over this wonderful profession we share: education. As Beethoven once said, “I […]

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A Merry Christmas Slacker Post

Tweet A few months back I wrote a “slacker post” because I needed a little break. Well, today, as I’m sure you can understand, I’ve decided to do the same. It is, after all a day for family. So, go and have a wonderful day with your family and friends. Slack off a bit too! […]

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