How it Feels to Be a Student – Retreat Reflections

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Tweet I began the retreat hoping to rekindle my creative spirit and renew my interest and passion for integrating the arts in the curriculum. Art is an expression of one’s self and at the start of the retreat I was nervous to share my art–myself–with my fellow retreaters. I, however, ask my learners every single […]

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Practice What We Preach

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Tweet Our summer retreats are build for teachers to rekindle a love of learning, so that they can bring that into the lives of their students.  I am always amazed by the creativity of all the educators that attend the retreat and am so happy when they share their experience with me through their words.  […]

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Captain Kirk Got it Wrong

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Tweet I know you will enjoy Dara’s writing here as she reflects on her time creating and awakening her brain.  I always enjoy sharing examples like this where teachers are inspired by the creative work they do.  ~EMP I have decided that Captain Kirk got it wrong. Space is not the final frontier…art is. It has […]

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One Rung Up

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Tweet Please enjoy a pre-reflection from one of this year’s Retreaters.  Dara is a HS English teacher who strives to bring arts integration into her work with students.  As this summer’s retreat begins, reflect with her on the importance of arts in the classroom as well as quality arts-infused PD for teachers.  ~EMP I was […]

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Music’s Effect

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Tweet Yesterday morning, my next door teacher did something to me – she played music – and it affected my whole body.  She put on the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to create an atmosphere of calm in her room and, working in a modified open concept classroom, the sounds infiltrated my room and […]

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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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Is it bad that…?

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Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

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To Be a Teacher – Reflections Near Mothers’ Day

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Tweet This past summer, fall and winter my family went through a lot as we struggled with some family issues.  My daughter, after a long state of despair, was diagnosed with PANDAS.  It put our family in a spin, but thankfully, I can say with confidence, that with the right treatment, she has recovered.  We […]

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Reflections on My Classroom – Is it Inspiring?

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Tweet Now, let’s get real.  Just because I host a website and blog called The Inspired Classroom, doesn’t mean I’m the best teacher in the world or have the most inspired classroom.  I try – hard, but I’m far from perfect. There are days when we all (teachers and students) are being pulled in many […]

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