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Thanks for visiting The Inspired Classroom’s page built JUST for YOU!  Here you can find some free resources that pertain specifically to arts teachers.

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Soundtracking Your Classroom

This quick reference freebie shows you the 6 Steps to Soundtracking your Classroom, gives tips for picking and playing music and has a link to my favorite playlist for Soundtracking work time for your students.
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Articles Just for Arts Teachers…

Teachers: Find Your Ultimate Why

Why did you get into teaching? Was it because you just love kids? Or maybe you're super passionate about a certain topic or subject that you teach. So many teachers go into this profession with optimism and so much hope. And then, when they get into the job and they...

One Teacher Self-Care Strategy that Works

Drained? Overwhelmed?​ You know teacher self-care is important and here’s a strategy that works! These self care activities for a tough day will help you when you are in a moment of stress and anxiety.  Pull yourself out of that distress with these quick self-care...

Easy Holiday Origami (How To)

Let's Make some Easy Holiday Origami! These easy holiday origami activities will work perfectly for your classroom. Create a candy cane and tree paper crafts using these simple instructions. This is great for elementary aged students and up. A wonderful DIY activity...

How to Make an Origami Pumpkin

Let's Make an Origami Pumpkin! Fall is here and it’s a great time to make an origami pumpkin! Use this fall activity in your classroom or for your remote teaching.  You can send students the link or do it with them!  Either way, it will be fun to learn how to make...

Back to School 2020 – Let’s Get Real

Back to School 2020 - Let's Get Real! This school year is like no other. Teachers everywhere are on an emotional rollercoaster as they deal with daily changes and challenges.  Here’s some great advice on how to handle this and keep your sanity by focusing on what’s...

Origami and Math

Origami and Math Math and origami have a lot in common!  There are just so many math vocabulary terms you can explore and teach while you fold.  In this video, you will learn how to integrate many math concepts as you discover mindFOLDness create an origami box. Have...

How to Make a Flextangle

How to Make a Flextangle Origami, math, art and a fidget.  Today we are going to look at how to integrate all of that by making a flextangle! Making a Flextangle integrates art, math, origami and even some SEL.  This is a great way to add a little creativity in your...

How to Make a Mini Book

How to Make a Mini Book A mini book can be a simple, yet fun way to work on any kind of content.  Use it when you are teaching or learning something new.  Make one to show your knowledge.  Create a mini book and then write a story, a cartoon or show off some drawings....

3 Ways the Arts will Help with Back to School

3 WAYS THE ARTS WILL HELP WITH BACK TO SCHOOL The ARTs are necessary for helping to transition our students back to school or into a new classroom.  No matter if we are teaching face-to-face or remotely, the arts can build community, help with students’ SEL, and...

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    Pizza Fractions, Drama and STEAM

    (This is Part 2 of a 2 Part Story!  Click here for Part 1.) So, there I was - faced with the challenge to plan and execute a lesson for a formal observation with my new principal.  Recently, my second graders were introduced to fractions, but the math book’s lesson…...

    ArtsEd Vs ArtsInt

    Arts education and arts integration are two different things.  I find that some people don't quite understand this and therefore may feel unqualified or disinterested in learning about what they have to offer their students.  Here, I am setting out to clarify a few...

    Soundtracking, Silent Reading & Building Stamina

    Reading stamina has been the focus of my 4th grade class these last few days.  I have been working hard through the guidance of The Daily 5 to instruct my students in my expectations for them to read independently when I need to take small groups of students. Now...

    FREE WORKSHOP: THE 3 SECRETS to Integrating the ARTS with SEL

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