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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How I Got Stephen King to Hang Out at My School

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Tweet How’s that for a Did List item?  Check out this amazing story!  ~EMP I never thought I’d ever write that line. The prolific Stephen King, a man so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, popped into my high school yesterday for a visit. No fan fare. No press. Just Steve, rolling up in his Ford, […]

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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom

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Tweet I’m happy to bring you this article from a dear colleague of mine who works hard to always bring wonderful arts integrated lessons into her classroom.  This is a great reflection of her journey this year and hopes for the next.  ~EMP “Mrs. Mitchell, what colors should I use?”   I couldn’t believe what […]

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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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What it Means to Be an Inspiring Teacher

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Tweet This Wednesday, May 15th is our first “Be Inspiring” day.  It is a day carefully placed in May for our celebration of teachers.  The concept is for teachers to plan something purposeful and inspiring for their students on or around May 15th.  It’s a chance for you to try something new or go out […]

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5 Ways Becoming a Mom Made Me a Better Teacher

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Tweet Whether you are a mom-teacher or dad-teacher, becoming a parent, changes you and your perspective on everything, especially your job as an educator.  Here’s how becoming a mom changed me. 1.  I look at my students differently.  When they enter my room, I see my students not just as my students, but as someone’s […]

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Take Charge of Your Own PD

Teachers outside working at the Teacher Art Retreat.

Tweet When you become a teacher, you NEVER leave school.  I don’t just mean you go to school every day, I also mean you never stop having to take classes.  Teachers are life-long learners in the most pure sense of the phrase.  We are constantly learning new methods, strategies, and activities.  We constantly research, question […]

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Bitter or Better

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Tweet It wasn’t long ago that I was introduced to this:  You can get bitter about it or you can get better. Immediately, my mind traveled to education and my position as a teacher.  So many times I have been faced with something challenging, unnecessary or down right negative.  And let’s face it, it is […]

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Be Inspiring to Your Students

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Tweet Do you remember why you wanted to be a teacher in the first place? Maybe you wanted to follow in someone’s footsteps.  Maybe you wanted summers off.  But my guess is that you wanted to make a difference somehow; you wanted to inspire someone along the way to do something great in his or […]

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