Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

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Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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Priorities

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Tweet The Short Version: For personal and professional reasons, it’s time to reprioritize the place this blog and website have in my life.  While my heart is still very much passionate about The Inspired Classroom and all it stands for, I must change the way things run so that the other pieces of my life […]

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Detach and Choose

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Tweet So, what’s the most popular thing to write about this week?  Yep – New Year’s resolutions.  The posts and articles are everywhere and here I am adding to the mix. In class, I am having my students reflect on their pasts and presents in order to visualize what they want for themselves in the […]

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Blueberries and Arts Integration

Integrate the artsas you would add in blueberries: put in just the right amount and fold gently.

Tweet Blueberry pancakes – I made those just yesterday morning.  Blueberry muffins – that will be today.  I love them, my kids love them, my husband and my mom too.  They are in season and we just can’t get enough!  A while ago, I read this quote from another blogger. I fold fitness into my […]

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Balance

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Tweet Balance – That’s my one word resolution for 2012. Last week on the Art of Education blog, my PLN friend Jessica Balsley wrote a post about how she is going to make her new year’s resolution in one word.  At first, I thought this was a little crazy, but as I read on, I […]

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Put Things into Perspective

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Tweet The end of 2011 has me really thinking about life, work, parenthood, and teacherhood.  I’m trying to put things into perspective.  What are the tops of my lists?  At home – quality time with my family.  At school – time to invest in the learning of my students.  This vacation break, I’ve decided to […]

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Less is More – A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life

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Tweet Ever feel overwhelmed?  I’d be willing to make a large bet that more than 90% of the people reading this will say loud and clear, “YES!” That’s how I’ve been feeling lately with many things and I’ve been contemplating all the ways I can try and simplify things at school, at home, on the […]

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Practice What I Preach

Tweet Practice what I preach…that has been a saying in the back of my head for the last few weeks. Our state testing for math starts today and it has been a real challenge balancing test prep with innovative, meaningful teaching. In the past few weeks, I’ve had to squeeze in math topics we hadn’t […]

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Poetry in Balance – Part 1: Appreciation

Tweet Last night on #ntchat (New Teacher chat) we discussed resources and ideas to use for National Poetry Month.    During the chat, someone tweeted me a “ponder”: I was taught a poet, then made 2 mimic. Valuable? Exposure was, not regurgitation. how to start? #ntchat ~@theHelpGroup To which I replied: I hear ya! There needs […]

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