Feeling Drained? How Teachers Can Motivate Themselves to Keep Going

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Tweet This is a great reminder post about something teachers struggle with all the time – feeling drained.  Hopefully, you will find these tips helpful so that you can get yourself back up and motivated once more!  And for a bonus tip from me, make sure you read to the end.  😉  ~EMP I used […]

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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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Reading Comprehension and Drum Circles

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Tweet It’s no surprise to us that different children learn to read at different rates. The problem may be that we sometimes forget just what that means in the minds of our students. I was reminded of how difficult reading can be for students just last week while participating in a drumming circle. Last week […]

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Is Teacher-Centered PD Legit?

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Tweet I write the words Teacher-Centered PD with pride when I advertise the Teacher Art Retreat each year.  But I know that not everyone sees that as a legitimate way to spend PD time. “Student-Centered” is what we need to focus on, and I agree.  Of course education is about doing what’s best for the […]

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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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It’s Future Day!

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Tweet Today I smiled all day.  It’s the 30th anniversary of the day Marty McFly goes to the future – October 21, 2015.  I woke up excited and knew I would have to share the love I have for the Back to the Future trilogy with my students! I started by adding some fun images […]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t (and SHOULD) Attend the Retreat!

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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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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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Composing Songs in the Classroom

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Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

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