Animoto for the Classroom

Tweet I love Animoto!  It is so easy to use and fun too!  I’ve been trying to make more videos for my class and for my You Tube channel and have been stuck on Windows Media Player.  But since I have really started using Animoto, it will be my go to movie creating platform for […]

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Jazzing up Your Resources

Tweet It’s Jazz Appreciation Month and whether you teach music or love music, this is a great time to share this American art form with your students. As you may know about me already, I am a huge proponent of actively listening to music in the classroom (ALL classrooms).  Sharing listening experiences with your students […]

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The Daffodil Principle

Tweet My grandmother loved them, undoubtedly because they were a sure sign of spring.  When my husband and I bought our home, it came with daffodils lining up the rock wall and rounding the corner of our house.  It was that first spring living here that I too fell in love with the brilliantly colored […]

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Skyping with Cybraryman

Tweet He’s been asking for over a year, and finally I was able to say, “YES!”  Well, actually, I told Jerry Blumengarten, AKA “Cybraryman” yes when he first asked if my class would like to Skype with him, but the process to make that happen was a little long and slightly complicated. My district, at […]

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The Idea of "Paperless"

Tweet I love the idea of going paperless. I’m all for saving trees.   And what better time to think about the implications of working towards being paperless than during the week and month of Earth Day? But, oh, boy, do we have a long way to go. In fact I cringe at how much […]

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Cranes for Japan

Tweet Over the last two weeks or so, my students had been making paper cranes for Japan as part of a the Students Rebuild project.  Here is the article my students wrote about the project. Have you heard about the disasters in Japan? Here in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the students at the Cashman Elementary School are […]

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Celebrating Patriots’ Day

Tweet Patriot’s Day is something I grew up celebrating. Actually, being born into a family who was part of a Revolutionary War reenactment group, I grew up colonial. My first Patriots’ Day parade found me at about 11 months old being carted behind my mother in a wooden wagon.  From there I was traveling to […]

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The Wax Museum and Blabberize

Tweet The Wax Museum project is a ten year tradition in the fourth grade at the Cashman Elementary School.  In it, students choose and learn about a figure in history who has affected society in one way or another.  Through research, students answer questions, create a poster and write a speech in the first person […]

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Poetry in Balance: Part 2 – Creation

Tweet In Part 1 of “Poetry in Balance”, I focused on the importance of teaching students poetry appreciation.  But to have a good study of poetry, just as with the study of any art form, you must balance it out with creation.  This month I am requiring my students to write one poem each day […]

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