Jazz Up Your Classroom Décor on the Cheap

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Tweet As an education professional, there are lots of things you need or want to spend extra dollars on. You might need a new book as lesson-planning help, or a specialized binder to keep paperwork in order. But classroom décor? That’s probably not what you want to invest in!  Luckily there are great ideas to […]

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Friendly Friday Notes – SEL Activity for your Students

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Tweet Kindness is always a great topic to discuss with your students. Practicing kindness is very important as well and giving them structured opportunities to do so can be easy. Here’s on great idea that I started on a whim last week for “Friendly Friday” and it was a big hit! Give each student a […]

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Organizing Fun Movie Club Lessons – a Way to Bond with Students

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Tweet Let’s go back in time for a moment: what do you remember from your days at school? Do you vividly recall all those classes that meant listening to the teacher who was giving a boring lecture? That’s hardly the case. Do you remember informal classes? Sometimes the teachers allowed you to discuss different topics […]

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Dance Your Way through STEAM

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Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

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Mathapalooza

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Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

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Singing Knowledge: How Music Fosters Learning

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Tweet During the last few decades, a large number of research studies dedicated to music and its effect on our minds and bodies have demonstrated that listening to music can cause a wide range of psychosomatic effects: it can reduce our blood pressure, help us deal with pain or boost our immunity. It’s no wonder […]

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Composing Songs in the Classroom

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Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

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Art for Special Needs Students

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Tweet Art is creative as well as being an educational experience for students. The arts provide a large variety of learning opportunities such as how to master specific art techniques, expressing oneself through art and encouragement of fine motor skills (needed to paint a picture or make a craft item). Art classes are also a rich […]

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Shake Up the Holidays

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Tweet Making musical instruments is fun, creative and now…it can also serve a purpose in your classroom’s curriculum.   As we enter the holiday season, consider making an easy percussion instrument that can be the center of a holiday unit. Percussion instruments can be divided into three basic categories: strikers, scrapers and shakers. Strikers are […]

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