And That’s Why I Burn the Bacon

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Tweet Every morning, my husband and kids like to have bacon with their breakfast.   My husband is usually the one to cook it (I’ve gone veg myself), but usually I get things rolling for him by putting it in the pan.  Well, there are undoubtedly those mornings where the others in my house take a […]

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Answering Essential Questions (in our Sketch-Reflection Journals)

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Tweet In my last post, I mentioned how this year, my students are keeping Sketch-Reflection journals.  These are journals that I made with alternating drawing and lined paper so that my students could reflect in words and also create sketches throughout the year. As the year is off and running I am finding that essential […]

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Sketch-Reflection Journals

Students reflect in a journal.

Tweet A couple of years back, I started having my students create and keep school reflection journals.  I knew from the first week it would prove to be a great thing.  They were given time at the end of each day to reflect on what they learned that day and on Friday, they composed a […]

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My Summer Projects

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Tweet I know the end of the summer is not here, but it sure feels like it!  The commercials on TV are all about back to school.  I’m getting emails from my principal and our school’s secretary about class lists and sending letters home to parents.  And, to top it off, I’m starting to feel […]

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Purposeful Assignments

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Tweet My last post RE-Assigning Work is a tangent thought to the thoughts in this one. There I spoke of how sometimes the assignments we give need to be given back to our students so that they can try again and do better work.  (It’s part of the process, after all of becoming better at […]

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Reviewing 2011, Looking Ahead to 2012

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Tweet Just as so many sites are doing, I too am giving you a look at the past year and a glimpse into the future of The Inspired Classroom. This year saw some fun new ventures.  I held my first arts integration grad course this summer with great success.  Also this summer was the first […]

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Put Things into Perspective

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Tweet The end of 2011 has me really thinking about life, work, parenthood, and teacherhood.  I’m trying to put things into perspective.  What are the tops of my lists?  At home – quality time with my family.  At school – time to invest in the learning of my students.  This vacation break, I’ve decided to […]

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Get Back to Inspired – A Thank You!

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Tweet Ever feel like your muse has let you down?  Ever need a little inspiration?  That’s where I am right about now.  Uninspired.  There’s a long list of things to do and no good place to start them.  The holidays are bogging me down, not lifting me up.  My students, as much as I love […]

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Less is More – Giving Thanks

Tweet Thanksgiving is a time for family and, of course, being thankful for all that we have.  Last week, when I wrote Less is More: A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life, I was overwhelmed by the response from people who commented, tweeted and sent me emails in reply.  There are many people who […]

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