Classroom Design: A Little Like Barnes & Noble

Tweet The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. I have come to learn how critical ergonomics and aesthetics can be when designing a space, especially […]

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Inspiring Futures

Tweet I think I speak for a lot of teachers when I say that I chose this career because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  I love seeing children’s faces light up when they start to understand a concept, but even more, I love seeing past students and learning that my teaching […]

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To Be a Teacher – Reflections Near Mothers’ Day

Tweet This past summer, fall and winter my family went through a lot as we struggled with some family issues.  My daughter, after a long state of despair, was diagnosed with PANDAS.  It put our family in a spin, but thankfully, I can say with confidence, that with the right treatment, she has recovered.  We […]

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How to Inspire Creative Thinking in the Classroom

Tweet Advocates of education reform have long complained that our schools, from pre-K to secondary, systematically stifle creativity in students. Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” is a favorite among many educators. Notwithstanding the obligatory arts classes that are part of most curricula, much of the criticism about schools and […]

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Everyone Has a Backstory

Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

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Classroom Design – A Little Like Starbucks

Tweet As teachers, we spend 7 (8, 9…) hours each day inside our classrooms, they become our second home. They magically expand with our growing class sizes…nope, just kidding, although I would love one of those expander spells they put on the tents at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

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Reflections on My Classroom – Is it Inspiring?

Tweet Now, let’s get real.  Just because I host a website and blog called The Inspired Classroom, doesn’t mean I’m the best teacher in the world or have the most inspired classroom.  I try – hard, but I’m far from perfect. There are days when we all (teachers and students) are being pulled in many […]

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It’s About Saying It

Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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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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