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 […]

STEAM Presentation Today

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Tweet Today is the  2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM!  I am excited and honored to have been presenting at this conference every year since it began three years ago.  This year, my presentation is called “Does the A Really Fit into STEM?” at 12:15 pm EST.  I hope some of you Inspired Classroom readers will be […]

Essential Classroom Tools that Enhance Children’s Learning Abilities

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Tweet What we learn often has a lot to do with how we learn it. For many, learning equals school and school equals – a sole teacher, a bunch of students, a chalkboard, desks, a table and chair for the teacher and maybe a cupboard to store coursework, tests and other pedagogical tools. But this […]

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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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Holiday Joy in Arts

Tweet What is it about the arts that bring so much joy to so many people during the holidays?  The music on the radio, concerts, ballets, decorating a tree, creating a wreath,dancing, cooking, singing, telling stories…  these are all natural ways to celebrate the season and they are all embedded in the arts. It’s the […]

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Grooveshark – Making Playlists for the Classroom

Tweet My last two posts have included live playlists powered by Grooveshark.  In a sentence – I LOVE Grooveshark.  I’ve only been using it only for a short time, but I can see so many possibilities for it in my teaching and sharing with teachers.  Let me explain: As the author of a book about […]

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