Arts Integration in the School Library

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Tweet Today, a colleague of mine has offered her own reflection on her school year as our school librarian and teacher.  She works hard to integrate the arts into her lessons and shares some of what she has done with the readers of The Inspired Classroom.  ~EMP I have been taking professional development with a […]

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What’s on Your End of the Year List?

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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

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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

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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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