Student Blogging – Piloting a Program

Tweet This week some students of mine have begun the blogging process.  They are very excited and so am I. Since the beginning of the school year, they have been writing in their “Reflection Journals” at the end of every day, reflecting on what they have learned in the various subjects and about themselves as […]

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PLN Collaboration

Tweet For the past couple of months, I have had the great opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people in my PLN (personal learning network).  People a few blocks away to ones 3000 miles away – it doesn’t matter.  When someone is in your PLN, you become connected by an interest, no, a passion and […]

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National Anthem Project

Tweet The anniversary of the penning of our National Anthem is September 14th.  MENC, the National Association for Music Education, has made this historic date an annual event!  In an effort to help get Americans singing again, they have called this “The Campaign to Restore America’s Voice.”  Schools across the nation will participate in this […]

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Artful Community

Tweet At the beginning of the school year, teachers want to send a message to their students:  “We are a community of learners, together we will challenge each other and share with one another.” We have a variety of ways to go about doing this and for some, they try to do it through the […]

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Arts Integration Chat

Tweet Last night I had the honor of guest moderating #ntchat (New Teacher Chat) with Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul). It was so much fun! What a great way to end my summer and it also have me a chance to refocus myself on the importance of arts integration! (Which is the blog series topic for next […]

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Summer Book Group

Tweet Check out something fun we’re working on…

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Teacher Talents

Dvora paintings

Tweet I teach with some very talented people. Take the other teachers on my fourth grade team: one is a great artist, one is a pianist and singer and the other wows me at every staff meeting as she sketches boarders around her notes. And I think to myself, do their students know this about […]

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Erosion Blues

Tweet This past week, my students and I had a great experience as we created a makeshift recording studio in our school and recorded an original piece of music: The Erosion Blues. It is a great example of integration, collaboration and freedom in structure. Integration: The blues was meant to be a culminating project for […]

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Effects of Quality Community Building

Tweet Shared experiences are what bond a group together. Whether the group is taking a nature walk, creating art, or sharing personal reflections about music or literature, it is all part of the process we need to share with our students. I believe that these experiences can all be linked to and integrated into the […]

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