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 […]

How Colour Affects Learning and Memory Performance

Colourful classroom via Smith System

Tweet Colours are an inevitable part of the surrounding world. It’s no secret they can powerfully influence our mood and emotions. They are frequently used in commercial sectors, like advertising and interior design to trigger emotional reactions to certain products and services. But did you know that colours can also be used in education – be it […]

Motivating the Unmotivated Student

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Tweet Those of us who are committed teachers wish that somehow we could reach every student in our classrooms. And we read, attend workshops, and continually communicate with other educators about engaging those students who are persistently dis-engaged. We also end each school year with memories – memories of those students who have been “success […]

Reschoolutions

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Tweet Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, […]

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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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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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