Finding Inspiration

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Tweet Every few weeks or so, my mother and I go to Symphony Hall in Boston.  It’s always fun to go into Boston at night, drink a glass of wine and enjoy quality music, but last week was particularly wonderful.  I always enjoy a good piano sontata and being able to listen to one by […]

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Reading Comprehension and Drum Circles

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Tweet It’s no surprise to us that different children learn to read at different rates. The problem may be that we sometimes forget just what that means in the minds of our students. I was reminded of how difficult reading can be for students just last week while participating in a drumming circle. Last week […]

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The Missing Paint

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Tweet The paint is missing! The paint! The paint! Oh where, oh where has it gone? I see it no more, when I open the door. Oh where, oh where has it gone?   It has been replaced, replaced, you say And what, and what is there now? Is it glue, is it glitter, is […]

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Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

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Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

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It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

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Testing – as an Opportunity

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Tweet I could focus on the negative things that have to do with standardized testing: for students, parents, and of course teachers.   But today I’m going to try and be positive and focus on something good that actually came out of testing this year.  Something I observed just yesterday as my fourth grade students […]

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When Students’ Interests are Sparked

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Tweet Every so often you hit something just right with a student or group of students.  Sometimes you try to do so and succeed (or fail).  Other times, you are just doing what you do and something just strikes right. That has happened to me this year with some of my students and it’s been […]

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A Place for Everyone and Everyone in his Place

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Tweet The title is not referring to organization.  I’m talking about students.  Bouncing off of my latest post on Blueberries and Students, I’d like to reminisce about a boy I had last year. Near the end of the year, I conducted a Studio Day in my classroom called “Movement and Wellness.”  I was excited about […]

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Blueberries and Students

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Tweet Blueberries are in season and they are on my mind.  Actually, they are in my fridge, in my pancakes, and my plan is to make a pie this week with the ones my kids and I will be picking soon. Last week, I wrote about how the arts are like blueberries – fold them […]

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