response to "Learning to Take Risks, by Taking Risks on Art"

Tweet Thank you for sharing this story. It is a true testament to arts education and the values of all arts-infused learning. As a teacher, I hope I inspire my students to develop these skills that are intrinsic to the arts. Not just in arts education, but in arts integration is this possible. These are […]

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Being a Creative Teacher is OK! – a lesson in Main Idea

Tweet Scripted Teaching – yuck! But is it part of our everyday teaching routine. Our reading and math series are so planned out, that it is rare that I make an actual lesson plan. The editors have given objectives, procedures, warm up activities, enrichment ideas, projects, games, material lists, materials and extra practice, to name […]

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So many assessments!

Tweet I just attended a workshop about assessments and in particular, we looked at the results of our state’s high stakes testing (MCAS). We scanned, compared, looked at the challenges and weaknesses of our students in terms of what is tested and then our principal asked us to create a list of other ways we […]

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In Response to Mae Jemison talk on Ted.com

Tweet Mae Jemison spoke on Ted.com about connecting and teaching the arts and sciences together. Thank you for this message. It is necessary that this is widespread and understood. Arts are connected to all disciplines and need to be integrated, infused into all aspects of our education system. Our system is flawed and based in […]

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AEP Forum – An Urgent Message

Tweet After attending the two day forum in Cambridge, MA hosted by AEP (Arts Education Partnership), it is evident that there is an urgency to bring arts education and integration into the forefront of our education system. Now is the time to get inspired and be inspiring to your students. It is through the arts […]

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Linking Music to Reading

Tweet I had the first day of school professional development days this past week and it continued to amaze me how much reading and music are linked! They are innately very similar processes and it’s not just in their appreciation and skill, but in the developmental continuum. In appreciation and skill: The parallels between reading […]

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The Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet When you think of music, do you think of literacy? Chances are you do not. But the two disciplines have a lot in common and we teachers can take advantage of these similarities to help our students become motivated learners. Over the next few blogs, I would like to explore these ideas and see […]

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Teach like a Muse

Tweet Muses are the nine goddesses that inspire us in the arts and sciences. Yes, I know that they are not real…but the idea that they exist in our mind or our world is quite fascinating to me. I love the word inspire. It is so enlightening and ever since I started using it in […]

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Pulling away from art to come back to it

Tweet One idea I keep coming back to in my mind from reading Dewey is this. Actually, let me back up. My prob is that I keep thinking that Dewey is defining all experiences as art and it is confusing me. Does that mean that walking down the street is art if you have had […]

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