Summer Was…

Tweet Summer was fun, relaxing, rejuvenating, busy, short, eventful, and satisfying. And now, summer is officially over.  Sorry – someone had to say it!  But with summer over, a new school year begins and I for one feel like I need that structure again.  My hope is that I will find that balance of health […]

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Updating this Week

Tweet We will be updating servers this week so that we will be up and running smoothly for the first weeks of school.  Hopefully, you will not experience any interruptions so that you can take advantage of the content on The Inspired Classroom. ~EMP

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Teacher Retreat 2011- A Success!

Tweet Rejuvenating! Having Conversations,  Making Connections Total Participation Creating and Sharing These are some of the responses that were told to me in the last 20 minutes of the Teacher Art Retreat that was held Monday through Wednesday of this week (August 15-17). I am so energized by the time we had together at this […]

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Fun at the Retreat

Tweet Well the Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we are having a great time!  So far, we have moved, breathed, eaten, glued, designed, shared, talked, played, acted, painted, laughed, questioned, and reflected.  (I’m sure I’m missing a few verbs…)  Our hinged box books are built and tomorrow we will work on the content of […]

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A PD Retreat

Tweet What do you think of when you hear the words professional development? I sent this question out to my PLN on Twitter and here are some of the replies I received: [blackbirdpie url=”!/hechternacht/status/101843908455178241″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/betsymck/status/101845454865707008″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/mrwickersham/status/101849001594327041″] Sad, isn’t it?  Teachers are not slackers.  We are hard working.  So when we are put into […]

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Reflections on RSCON3 – Music and Reading

Tweet I was fortunate to have presented again at the Reform Symposium – 3 days of free webinars given by teachers and educators from around the world.  It was another great experience.  I presented on “Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.”  I find this topic very interesting and was so excited to share […]

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Tweet Stories can help things stick.  I’ve been noticing this more than usual lately.  One time I noticed was just this week when my 4 year-old daughter came home from vacation bible school and started telling me all about what she was learning.  Both she and my 5 year-old son were telling me the details […]

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The Community that Art Built

Tweet It always amazes me how quickly a community can be build when art is involved.  I was reminded about this last week, during the grad class I taught in arts integration and the creative process when I saw it happen again.  During our five day class we created visual art, music, stories, poems and […]

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