PLaiC – Process, Play and Balance

Tweet PLaiC is now a new venture for me. It is a Professional Learning Community centered around Arts Integration. What a wonderful example of community. In this case it was a community of teachers getting together to talk freely about their profession and their passion for seeing true arts integration in their teaching. There were […]

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4th Grade Boys and Chopin

Tweet Every month, I introduce my students to a new composer or genre and for that month, we listen to the music of that composer or genre everyday during snack. Last month, our focus was on Chopin. Undoubtedly, there are students that make a connection with the music or composers that we listen to, be […]

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Musical Experiences – Playing in the Classroom

Tweet Music is a powerful tool to use in your teaching. It gives students a chance to be creative, to play and find structure – all at once! Best yet is that it will help you to build community with your students. It’s all about experiences – building experiences, sharing experiences, reflecting on them and […]

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Community Built Through Music

Tweet March is Music in Our Schools month.  So let’s focus a couple of blogs on it!  It is not an accident that we chose “community” as the focus for this month either, because music is a very powerful community builder! Years ago, I came across this wonderful quote: “No art form creates community as […]

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Teacher Poetry Inspired by Chopin

Tweet Inspired by Chopin’s Prelude in A Major Op.28, No. 7  (48 sec.) This is a special collection of poems composed by workshop participants at the TIC Workshop “Building Creativity, Community and Character Through Music” on Saturday 3/6. These and other works can be found under the Resources tab – Examples of Work Enjoy! The […]

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Community Built Through the Arts

Tweet One very effective way to build community in the classroom is through the arts.  You may be an arts teacher or a general ed teacher, a special ed teacher, a musician, an arist or not.  It doesn’t matter!  If you have a group of students in your room then using the arts to build […]

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No Such Thing as I Can't

Tweet Hello All. I’m happy to be a guest blogger this month. If you like your blogs laid back and passionate about education, you might dig what I’ve got for this month. Enjoy and thanks for reading! While Forrest Gump’s momma might have told him that life is like a box of chocolates, my momma […]

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Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Tweet Why is it important to create a sense of community in your classroom?  Easy – it helps with everything, all year.  When students feel like they are part of a community, they are more apt to participate in activities, contribute to discussions and work hard.  They take pride in what they do, because they […]

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March 2010 – Teacher Feature Blogger – Ayanna Gallant

Tweet This month, The Inspired Classroom is happy to announce our teacher feature blogger, Ayanna.  She is a teacher, a musician and a poet! Ayanna Gallant is a graduate of UNH with a B.A. in Music Education. She is a Master of Education candidate of Lesley University where she is studying Curriculum and Instruction Through […]

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