Create Something!

The Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we have an excited group of educators.  Today we move, tomorrow we listen and Wednesday we decoupage.  All through the three days we will be puppeteering, drumming, creating and growing as we learn new skills and develop our talents as artists and teachers.  I can’t wait to share more with you during and after the retreat.

I have posed this thought to the retreaters early on: an idea and a challenge that was once of my best take-aways from the Connectivity Conference put on by Education Closet:

Create something the first day of school.”

Too often the first day of school is spent going over protocols and procedures.  While these things are important, wouldn’t it be great if students could spend some real time creating something?  What a great way to introduce the feel for your year, your philosophy of teaching to the kids and your behavioral expectations of them.

As we work through our experiences, I want us to consider this and figure out a way for our students, no matter what our capacity in the school, to create something.  You consider it too!  What types of things could you have your students spend time creating on the first day?


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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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