Too Many Snow Days

Tweet I remember when snow days meant a great day off from school.  And when I was a senior in High School, those were free days.  We didn’t even have to make them up at the end of the year.  Even as a teacher, a random day off is kind of nice.  They always seem […]

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Holiday Joy in Arts

Tweet What is it about the arts that bring so much joy to so many people during the holidays?  The music on the radio, concerts, ballets, decorating a tree, creating a wreath,dancing, cooking, singing, telling stories…  these are all natural ways to celebrate the season and they are all embedded in the arts. It’s the […]

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Beethoven’s Birthday – A December Holiday

Now, as a teacher, I use Beethoven’s birthday to celebrate the holiday season in a new way. All month we learn about the man and listen to his music. On his birth week, I integrate Beethoven into as many lessons as I can: from penmanship practice using Beethoven quotes and developing our understanding about fact and opinion using biographical articles about his life to practicing our math using Beethoven-based word problems. During the month we also focus on the virtue of perseverance – a virtue that Beethoven exemplified throughout his life.

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The Arts are not Quick

Tweet “If we demand quick results, the arts will not supply them.” -Eric Jenson page 1 of Arts with the Brain in Mind. So true. But that’s ok! I believe I have made mention to this before. But as I read what Jenson says, I just can’t resist the urge to reflect more on how […]

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The Inspired Classroom

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In Response to Mae Jemison talk on Ted.com

Tweet Mae Jemison spoke on Ted.com about connecting and teaching the arts and sciences together. Thank you for this message. It is necessary that this is widespread and understood. Arts are connected to all disciplines and need to be integrated, infused into all aspects of our education system. Our system is flawed and based in […]

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More on the Journey

Tweet Our students and children are on a journey and we are their teachers, their guides. It is our job to expose them to all that life has to offer. So here is my ramble… There was once a time when people gathered around a piano and sang and they weren’t afraid to sing, weren’t […]

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Get a community started

Tweet There are so many people out there that really do believe in arts education and the values it has on students and people of all ages. I come across these people all the time: at my school, at workshops, online, across the country and down the street. Music and the arts are being fed […]

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Getting Started with Music Integration

Tweet The first thing you want to do in your classroom is to show your students and fellow teachers that music is important to you and that you value its presence in your classroom. To make this happen is very simple. Make a music center in your room. This is something that can be done […]

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