Stop, Drop and Color

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Tweet I used to think that using coloring pages was a waste of time.  I felt that giving someone a blank paper on which to draw or color was a much better option.  However, my view has changed slightly over the years.  There is a place for coloring pages in students’ physical and emotional development.  […]

Art for Special Needs Students

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Tweet Art is creative as well as being an educational experience for students. The arts provide a large variety of learning opportunities such as how to master specific art techniques, expressing oneself through art and encouragement of fine motor skills (needed to paint a picture or make a craft item). Art classes are also a rich […]

Shake Up the Holidays

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Tweet Making musical instruments is fun, creative and now…it can also serve a purpose in your classroom’s curriculum.   As we enter the holiday season, consider making an easy percussion instrument that can be the center of a holiday unit. Percussion instruments can be divided into three basic categories: strikers, scrapers and shakers. Strikers are […]

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 […]

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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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Listening in the Classroom

Tweet Bringing listening experiences into my teaching is how I started with arts integration.  During the “Getting Started with Arts Integration” session for #rscon11, I spoke about Following Your Passions and integrating those into your teaching.  Music was (and is) mine!  For today’s archive features, I thought I would bring to the fore front my […]

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Webinar Outline and Links – Getting Started with Arts Integration

Tweet Later today, I will be presenting for the #rscon11 Reform Symposium conference.  My presentation is on “Getting Started with Arts Integration” and I thought it would be helpful to post the outline and links that I will be referring to during the presentation. This way, participants can access the information in depth after we […]

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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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