The Missing Paint

Tweet The paint is missing! The paint! The paint! Oh where, oh where has it gone? I see it no more, when I open the door. Oh where, oh where has it gone?   It has been replaced, replaced, you say And what, and what is there now? Is it glue, is it glitter, is […]

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Generate a Little Excitement in Your Classroom

Tweet Today I felt inspired. Sometimes, I go into a day with a plan and that plan goes “‘bye ‘bye” once the day gets started. I love those days, because more times than not, my students end up getting something great out of my teaching and I get something great out of my students!  Not […]

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What Makes an Inspired Classroom?

Tweet As a new year is well underway, I thought it would be fun to explore with you what truly makes an Inspired Classroom.  So, I’ll start by putting the question out to all: What makes an Inspired Classroom? I think it breaks down into two main things: the teacher and the room. The Teacher: […]

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A Teacher’s Tale

Tweet You will be touched by this beautiful and inspiring story of a teacher who brought a world of reading to a parent in need.   Enjoy this tale of a caring and compassionate teacher I am proud to know.~EMP In my twenty years of teaching, every so often, a student comes along that amazes me.  […]

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How I Got Stephen King to Hang Out at My School

Tweet How’s that for a Did List item?  Check out this amazing story!  ~EMP I never thought I’d ever write that line. The prolific Stephen King, a man so ingrained in our cultural consciousness, popped into my high school yesterday for a visit. No fan fare. No press. Just Steve, rolling up in his Ford, […]

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When Students’ Interests are Sparked

Tweet Every so often you hit something just right with a student or group of students.  Sometimes you try to do so and succeed (or fail).  Other times, you are just doing what you do and something just strikes right. That has happened to me this year with some of my students and it’s been […]

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A Place for Everyone and Everyone in his Place

Tweet The title is not referring to organization.  I’m talking about students.  Bouncing off of my latest post on Blueberries and Students, I’d like to reminisce about a boy I had last year. Near the end of the year, I conducted a Studio Day in my classroom called “Movement and Wellness.”  I was excited about […]

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Successful Teaching Strategies and Tips

Tweet It’s always great to hear successful stories from other teachers.  It keeps us motivated knowing that we are all working hard to reach our students.  Today, Iris Yuan brings us successful teaching strategies and tips from two great educators.  We hope you are enjoying your Teacher Appreciation Week! ~EMP Teachers face a wide number […]

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The Magic of One Drum

Tweet I bring them to the large room My students sit to wait They’re talking and they’re anxious To start up from their break.   I take a hold of one small drum Caress it with my hands, And as I beat so softly They seem to understand.   Doom, ckick-a chick; Doom doom chick […]

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