Less is More – A Personal Reflection on Work, Tech and Life

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Tweet Ever feel overwhelmed?  I’d be willing to make a large bet that more than 90% of the people reading this will say loud and clear, “YES!” That’s how I’ve been feeling lately with many things and I’ve been contemplating all the ways I can try and simplify things at school, at home, on the […]

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Summer Was…

Tweet Summer was fun, relaxing, rejuvenating, busy, short, eventful, and satisfying. And now, summer is officially over.  Sorry – someone had to say it!  But with summer over, a new school year begins and I for one feel like I need that structure again.  My hope is that I will find that balance of health […]

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Reflections on RSCON3 – Music and Reading

Tweet I was fortunate to have presented again at the Reform Symposium – 3 days of free webinars given by teachers and educators from around the world.  It was another great experience.  I presented on “Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.”  I find this topic very interesting and was so excited to share […]

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Mad Dash to the End

Tweet Just yesterday, my 4th grade team got together to discuss the end of the year events and found ourselves overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Now here is the irony – we have steadily complained about the late end to the school year (June 27), often joking about how we will have […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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Celebrating Patriots’ Day

Tweet Patriot’s Day is something I grew up celebrating. Actually, being born into a family who was part of a Revolutionary War reenactment group, I grew up colonial. My first Patriots’ Day parade found me at about 11 months old being carted behind my mother in a wooden wagon.  From there I was traveling to […]

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Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration

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Tweet There are so many natural connections between the MI theory and Arts Integration.  Some of them are obvious when you consider some of the Smarts that are identified: music, kinesthetic,  visual/spacial, linguistic.  But the MI theory goes even further with the other Smarts: logical, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal.  However, even these smarts are based […]

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Too Many Snow Days

Tweet I remember when snow days meant a great day off from school.  And when I was a senior in High School, those were free days.  We didn’t even have to make them up at the end of the year.  Even as a teacher, a random day off is kind of nice.  They always seem […]

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A Year in Review – An Interseries for January

Tweet Happy New Year! And it’s more than just a change from 2010 to 2011.  January marks the rebirth of The Inspired Classroom!  Last January was a relaunching of the site and marking of my dedication to blogging through Blog Series.  Over the last year, I have posted faithfully every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting […]

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