About 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 www.theinspiredclassroom.com. 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.
Website: https://theinspiredclassroom.com
Elizabeth Peterson has written 430 articles so far, you can find them below.


SEL Song Lyrics

Tweet What better way to teach students about Social Emotional Learning than through the ARTS?  A colleague of mine said it best: “Art IS SEL!” And if music is an expression of humanity, then music is a way we can learn about our abilities to love and be loved, to heal a broken heart, to […]

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Sharing Friendly Fridays – Making Origami Lotus Flowers

Tweet For the last two months, my class has been doing something special each Friday: Friendly Fridays.  These are small activities that build on Social Relationships between classmates.  In the past they have made notes and pictures for each other and practiced writing and saying compliments as well.  Let’s face it, kids need this practice! […]

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Stop Teaching Reading!

Tweet It’s about time we put our foot down as responsible teachers and stopped teaching reading to students who just aren’t ready for it!  From an incredibly early age, we are expecting young children to learn their letters and start to pronounce sounds.  And this is not just in a playful exploratory manner, but it […]

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Do you know the basics of arts integration? (A QUIZ)

Tweet Whether you are a seasoned AI teacher or ready to explore the world of #artsint, chances are you know a few of these basics, but it’s always a good idea to check in on yourself every so often. Here’s a quick quiz to make sure you’re on the right track! Question ONE: True or […]

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Friendly Friday Notes – SEL Activity for your Students

Tweet Kindness is always a great topic to discuss with your students. Practicing kindness is very important as well and giving them structured opportunities to do so can be easy. Here’s on great idea that I started on a whim last week for “Friendly Friday” and it was a big hit! Give each student a […]

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Winter TAR Schedule Released

Tweet It has been an exciting few months planning and getting registrants for the first ever Winter Teacher Art Retreat!  With only 2 spots left, I thought I’d share the schedule we plan to enjoy in the hopes that we can make this a sell out event!  Meals and lodging are included and there are […]

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The Arts and Trauma

Tweet Trauma and the Classroom The adjustment counselor at my school introduced me to the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, today’s leading expert on trauma treatment.  It seems that we are discussing things like trauma and social-emotional learning a lot in education and so she forwarded our staff a link to watch an […]

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Music to Learn By – Soundtracking My Classroom

Tweet In my last post, Music Sets the Tone, I described my intention of using music more in my classroom as a backdrop to all our activities. It’s been over a week that I have been faithfully soundtracking my classroom!  I have committed to teaching while some sort of music is constantly playing and it […]

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Music Sets the Tone

Tweet In recent weeks, I’ve been researching how to use music as a tool for focusing and working in preparation for one of the focuses of this year’s Winter Teacher Art Retreat. We probably have all experienced music (or the lack of it) in a variety of places: restaurants, stores, in our car, at work.  […]

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