5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

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Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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Puppets in an Inspired Classroom

Paper puppets come to life in the classroom.

Tweet Judith O’Hare is a world renowned puppeteer and the focus workshop presenter at the Teacher Art Retreat.  Today, she shares some insights to how puppets can play a part in our classrooms and in the lives of our students.  This is a preview of the wonderful things we will be learning from her at the retreat! […]

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To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

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Tweet Are you on the fence about whether or not to attend this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat? Consider this:  You get to be creative and get inspired alongside other educators who can support and encourage you. AND – you get professional development hours or even graduate credit for your time! Let me tell you more.  […]

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What is the Teacher Art Retreat?

Listening to instructions before it's time to play.

Tweet If you have ever felt uninspired at your professional development, then you are not alone.  Teachers want to go into a PD experience that will give them great ideas and rejuvenate their teaching.  As I always say, you have to get inspired to be inspiring… That’s why I created the Teacher Art Retreat.  It’s […]

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Call for Proposals for the 2014 Teacher Art Retreat

Ayanna presented at T.A.R. 2011.  "Poetry Unhinged - It's Just Words, Man"

Tweet It’s that time of year! I’m so excited that we are starting plans for this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat. Our workshop sessions are always so wonderful because they are led by teachers and artists who allow the participants to dig into a project, gain experiences and reflect on them.  We’ve had everything from music […]

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And the Beat Goes On!

teachers drumming

Tweet So, Monday evening I was concerned and writing about how we retreaters were told there is “NO Music!” at the Community Center where we were holding our annual Teacher Art Retreat and enjoying each other’s company for 15 minutes after lunch through a drumming circle. Well, many people chimed in with their opinions (thank […]

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Arts-Based Learning for Teachers

Teacher prepare to play on percussion instruments together.

Tweet I see it all the time: Teachers are interested, they see the benefits, but are unsure of whether they should be attending arts-based professional development.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of needs. And my answer is almost always the same: We need arts-based learning just as much as […]

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What’s on Your End of the Year List?

Teachers collaborating on a visual, poetic piece.

Tweet There sure is a LOT to do at the end of a school year.  Hopefully you are almost done with your list.  I’m checking things off at a rapid speed now as today is my last day with my students. Finish Report Cards! Pass in your teacher binder, keys and badge Give the office […]

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Teacher-Centered PD

Teachers collaborating on a visual, poetic piece.

Tweet When I think of what “teacher-centered” refers to, I first consider professional development.  That is our learning, where we are the students.  Professional development should always have the end result in mind: how will teachers use this material inside their classroom to better their students’ learning.  However, the PD itself, needs to be focused […]

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