Feeling Drained? How Teachers Can Motivate Themselves to Keep Going

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Tweet This is a great reminder post about something teachers struggle with all the time – feeling drained.  Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful so that you can get yourself back up and motivated once more!  And for a bonus tip from me, make sure you read to the end.  😉  ~EMP I used […]

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Finding Inspiration

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Tweet Every few weeks or so, my mother and I go to Symphony Hall in Boston.  It’s always fun to go into Boston at night, drink a glass of wine and enjoy quality music, but last week was particularly wonderful.  I always enjoy a good piano sontata and being able to listen to one by […]

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Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

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Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

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It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

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It Takes a Village

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Tweet   I had heard the phrase “it takes a village” many times before and after I had children. It was in those first couple of years of raising two kids that I thought it was just an old fashioned saying. However, in the last few years I have come to realize how true this […]

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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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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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Motivating the Unmotivated Student

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Tweet Those of us who are committed teachers wish that somehow we could reach every student in our classrooms. And we read, attend workshops, and continually communicate with other educators about engaging those students who are persistently dis-engaged. We also end each school year with memories – memories of those students who have been “success […]

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Classroom Design: A Little Like Barnes & Noble

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Tweet The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. I have come to learn how critical ergonomics and aesthetics can be when designing a space, especially […]

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