Five Fun Ways to Reflect on the School Term

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Tweet At the end of a term, students and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that the bulk of the work is done and we can all look forward to a relaxing and fun last day of school before a well-deserved break. Some teachers like to bring in games or […]

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What’s on Your End of the Year List?

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Tweet There sure is a LOT to do at the end of a school year.  Hopefully you are almost done with your list.  I’m checking things off at a rapid speed now as today is my last day with my students. Finish Report Cards! Pass in your teacher binder, keys and badge Give the office […]

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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom

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Tweet I’m happy to bring you this article from a dear colleague of mine who works hard to always bring wonderful arts integrated lessons into her classroom.  This is a great reflection of her journey this year and hopes for the next.  ~EMP “Mrs. Mitchell, what colors should I use?”   I couldn’t believe what […]

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What to do with the End of the Year

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Tweet Let’s face it – the end of the year is here!  If you are like me, there are so many things to think about before we rush out of here:  what was accomplished, what still needs to get done, what you wish you did. What was ACCOMPLISHED As far as accomplishments, there are plenty […]

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Mad Dash to the End

Tweet Just yesterday, my 4th grade team got together to discuss the end of the year events and found ourselves overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Now here is the irony – we have steadily complained about the late end to the school year (June 27), often joking about how we will have […]

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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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Reflections on The Inspired Classroom

Tweet It started over a decade ago as my personal style of teaching; a manner of integrating the music I love into my teaching.  In no time, I began to write down my ideas and lessons in a book entitled Inspired by Listening, published it and started selling.  Soon it was a personal mission to […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: Part Three

Tweet A few days after FCAT, my principal sent around an email advertising the 2010 Lee County Student Film Festival.  I asked my class if they would be interested in making a movie.  They were astoundingly enthusiastic about it.  They decided they wanted to make an animation, a stop motion animation like we made together […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: Part Two

Tweet Glasser-Sterling has a much wider scope then I have described it, so when I say I used as much as I could…it amounted to not much, considering the scope of it as a whole.  So, I changed my classroom rules.  Instead of follow directions, stay on task, and show respect, they became: be prompt, […]

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