Grasp the Opportunity

Tweet Sometimes you just need to do it!  Sometimes you just need to stray from your plans and do what you feel is right in your gut!  That’s what happened to me yesterday after my students and I listened to Vivaldi’s Siciliano during our regular listening time at snack. We started listening on Tuesday and […]

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Why the Arts?

Tweet Some people may be wondering… why the arts?  Why when we are so knee deep in preparing for standardized tests do we need the arts?  Why when we are being pushed into using more and more technology do we need the arts?  Why?  Because we do!  The arts mold our culture.  They extend who […]

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Using Music to Help Struggling Readers

Our students come to us with many interests and talents. Music is one of them. Whether it’s Beethoven, the Beatles, Bon Jovi or (Justin) Bieber, tapping into their love of listening to music can help students become better readers. The two disciplines are innately very similar, and teachers and parents can take advantage of these similarities to help struggling readers become motivated learners.

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Beethoven’s Birthday – A December Holiday

Now, as a teacher, I use Beethoven’s birthday to celebrate the holiday season in a new way. All month we learn about the man and listen to his music. On his birth week, I integrate Beethoven into as many lessons as I can: from penmanship practice using Beethoven quotes and developing our understanding about fact and opinion using biographical articles about his life to practicing our math using Beethoven-based word problems. During the month we also focus on the virtue of perseverance – a virtue that Beethoven exemplified throughout his life.

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Creating Experiences through the Arts

Educators need to do more than teach; they need to create experiences for their students. Experiences are what make learning come alive. Let’s face it, experiences are what life is made of and what we need to emphasize in our classrooms if we are to teach the whole child. The arts provide a wonderful way to bring experiences into your teaching.

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Tech and the Arts

Tweet As the host of a website whose roots are firmly planted in arts education and integration, one may find it odd to have focused a blog series on Technology in the Classroom.  BUT, the truth is that I love both tech and the arts, I embrace both and I strive to use both in […]

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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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Highlights from the Arts Integration Series

Tweet For the past two months, our posts at The Inspired Classroom have been about arts educuation and integration.  It has been a wonderful journey taken with many guest bloggers and readers that have commented and tweeted our posts.   Because of the great body of content we have collected, I would like to take this […]

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Learning With, Through and About Art

Tweet In my last post, on Engagement, I was responding to a post by Jessica Wakefield  called,  “Learning In and Through the Arts.” The title reminded me of a text I was reading for an “Arts and Learning” CAGS course through Plymouth State University a few months back titled Arts and Learning by Merryl Goldberg.  In it, […]

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