The Elevator Speech

Tweet What’s an “Elevator Speech”?  It’s a short monologue that expresses something about which you are passionate.  Imagine yourself in an elevator with someone who is talking with someone else or to you and then they strike that chord. “But the arts aren’t REALLY that important in education, right?” “How can you really learn anything […]

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Collaboration in Action – Music Listening Experiences

Tweet Many of our readers are interested in actual lesson plans and ideas.  So, here you go! My mind over the last week has been focused on collaboration and how it is the key to effective integration.   We cannot all be experts in everything, so we need to ask for assistance with things we may […]

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Collaborate to Integrate

Tweet Another post on this site, “What is True Arts Integration” sparked a little bit of dialogue and last night I was replying to the comments that had been made.  While doing so, I found an important key concept in arts integration ringing through – Collaboration. Collaboration has been discussed here and on other blogs […]

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Feed Your Flame

Tweet Years ago when I was finishing up my master’s program from Endicot College (Beverly, MA) in Arts and Learning, I had to present my final project to my cohort.  As part of our finals, we were encouraged to express our journey through an artistic form. During my journey, I discovered that I was an […]

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Studio Days

Studio Day

Tweet It is quite an honor to host the featured edBlog of the week this week!  Thank you to all who voted for the Inspired Classroom. Enjoy your time on the website and blog!  EMP Last year I tried a new idea with my fourth graders – Studio Day and it was a hit!  Please, […]

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Making Connections Through the Arts

Tweet Enjoy this post by Michelle Baldwin, an amazing elementary music teacher who believes, “My job is to teach children to LEARN.”  Please be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter (@MichelleK107) ~EMP When I was asked to write a guest post about arts integration/education, my first reaction was to feel […]

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Library Summer Camp

Tweet Cindy is a professional storyteller.  How exciting to have her guest blog!  Please check out her blog and follow her on Twitter (@CindyMarieJ). ~EMP I’ll cut to the chase.  I know more about Greek mythology because half my summers were spent in my father’s library than because of anything l learned in school. My […]

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The Arts are not Quick

Tweet “If we demand quick results, the arts will not supply them.” -Eric Jenson page 1 of Arts with the Brain in Mind. So true. But that’s ok! I believe I have made mention to this before. But as I read what Jenson says, I just can’t resist the urge to reflect more on how […]

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Learning in the RAW

Tweet In these last few weeks of summer, I have been taking my two kids (4-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl) to Music Together, a music program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  This is one of those great luxuries a teacher-parent has: to enjoy a family class such as this during the day in the summer.  […]

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