The Power of PD in Arts Integration

Tweet This past week I have been conducting a graduate level course in arts integration.  It is called “Learning Through the Creative Arts: A Look into the Creative Process.” I have been blown away by the wonderful learnings, creative artwork, thoughtful conversations and truly integrated lesson plans that have come out of our time together.  […]

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Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Tweet It’s a procedure on airplanes that attendents review each time passengers board the aircraft:  In case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first and then assist those around you.   The idea is that if you take care of yourself first, you will be better able to care for your child or another passenger that […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011

Tweet I am so excited to announce The Inspired Classroom’s first ever Teacher Art Retreat summer event! Join teachers from the area who are ready to treat themselves to three days of art making and idea sharing.  Whether you are interested in ARTS INTEGRATION, ART EDUCATION, or just need some time for YOURSELF, this retreat, […]

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The Daffodil Principle

Tweet My grandmother loved them, undoubtedly because they were a sure sign of spring.  When my husband and I bought our home, it came with daffodils lining up the rock wall and rounding the corner of our house.  It was that first spring living here that I too fell in love with the brilliantly colored […]

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Crystallize, Don't Paralyze!

Tweet How do you approach teaching?  When you are with students, how do you act?  What do  you say?  Are you engaging and encouraging?  Are you curt and sarcastic?  Are you somewhere in between?  (These are questions I ask of you and of myself…we’re in this together, after all. 😉 ) In the book I […]

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A Former Teacher and Principal Welcomes Music Integration

Tweet This Thanksgiving, I would like to give thanks to a special friend I have made on Twitter.  Richard Lakin has been a wonderful supporter (and retweeter) for me even though he lives across the globe.  (That’s the power of social media and a PLN!)  Today I would like to feature his article on the […]

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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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Artsed in 5

Tweet The other night, during the #artsed chat led by Joan Weber (@creativityassoc), she tweeted: You have 5 words. Why is #artsed important for children to have in schools? Can you narrow to 5 words? A few people in our wonderful (and powerful) PLN replied.  Here are some of their tweets (including mine): RT @elephantsgerald: […]

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The Garden Philosophy

Tweet As a new school year is underway, so marks a time to refocus your goals and hone in on what types of things you want to impress upon your students.  We teachers get this great perk to our careers – we start a school year fresh, often with a new group of students, optimistic […]

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