Free Thinking

…When I look at this list, a structure forms. I see how I can organize my thoughts around this broad topic. This organization didn’t come to me at first, as it often does not for my students. They too need the freedom to explore and make their own connections. I, like my students, was given a mission, a goal, an assignment. I know my destination, but the journey is up to me. Freedom in structure…

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What is Freedom in Structure?

Tweet Freedom in structure is something we can give our students, our children, ourselves and others. It is laying the foundation and allowing for creativity. As a parent, I know that I’m supposed to set the ground rules for my kids, that children NEED structure, WANT structure. (That’s what all the books and online articles […]

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What We're About

Tweet Reflecting on three months of TIC’s new concept: Generated by http://www.wordle.net/

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Reflections on Beat Night – Poetic Experiences

Tweet This past Thursday a group of teachers took their third field trip organized by The Inspired Classroom. We attended Beat Night at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. What fun! It was a great night of relaxin’, groovin’ and inspirin’. The evening began with an hour of featured poets reciting their original poems. There […]

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4th Grade Boys and Chopin

Tweet Every month, I introduce my students to a new composer or genre and for that month, we listen to the music of that composer or genre everyday during snack. Last month, our focus was on Chopin. Undoubtedly, there are students that make a connection with the music or composers that we listen to, be […]

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Results of the Teacher Survey in Arts Integration

Tweet I have conducted a survey in my school district on arts integration and have discovered that there is a real interest in it! I invited all elementary teachers to participate and as of this blog date, 31 have completed the survey. At this point, I can account for the results as only a “dipstick” […]

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TIC – A New Beginning

Tweet This may ramble a little – just need to get some thoughts out… For a leadership class I am currently enrolled in, I am to assess the environment I hope to change. Right now, I am in the middle of doing some reading and developing a survey. This is not easy. I feel like […]

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response to "Learning to Take Risks, by Taking Risks on Art"

Tweet Thank you for sharing this story. It is a true testament to arts education and the values of all arts-infused learning. As a teacher, I hope I inspire my students to develop these skills that are intrinsic to the arts. Not just in arts education, but in arts integration is this possible. These are […]

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Teach like a Muse

Tweet Muses are the nine goddesses that inspire us in the arts and sciences. Yes, I know that they are not real…but the idea that they exist in our mind or our world is quite fascinating to me. I love the word inspire. It is so enlightening and ever since I started using it in […]

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