Is Teacher-Centered PD Legit?

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Tweet I write the words Teacher-Centered PD with pride when I advertise the Teacher Art Retreat each year.  But I know that not everyone sees that as a legitimate way to spend PD time. “Student-Centered” is what we need to focus on, and I agree.  Of course education is about doing what’s best for the […]

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Understanding Common Core and Educating Our Students

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Tweet By now you have probably heard about the Common Core State Standards learning model. If you have somehow been living in educator darkness, it is a means to standardize language arts and mathematics lessons across the country so that students will have expected learning goals for each grade level – from kindergarten to twelfth […]

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Music at the Core Resources

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Tweet Today I am excited to be presenting at the second annual Connectivity Conference hosted by Susan Riley of educationcloset.com.  Her site has many wonderful resources for teachers who want to begin or continue integrating the arts into their work.  If you haven’t checked them out, please do so! This year’s Arts Integration Connectivity Conference will […]

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Inspired by the Common Core…Wait, What?

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Tweet You heard me!  I just implied that the Common Core can be inspiring. I was reading a few things online where the CC was, well, basically being put down and the implications were that teachers see the CC standards and think (sarcastically), “Great!  Something new for me to learn and do.” Woah!  Please, fellow […]

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Are the Arts Fluff?

The arts are NOT fluff!

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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