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Arts Education & Integration

Beethoven Quotes

Beethoven Quotes

It's December, and that means we celebrate the birth of an amazing man, an amazing composer: Beethoven!  (Birthday - December 16th) Over the years, I have featured many ideas about Beethoven and how listening to and studying his works can integrate with other areas....

So, So Thankful!

A great Thanksgiving week is done and more holidays are fast approaching, but I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to give thanks for all that is alive and well here at The Inspired Classroom. Our community of online and face-to-face teachers is ever growing! ...

November 22, 1963

November 22, 1963

No matter where you were on November 22, 1963, you remember that moment. At least that's what I've heard. I wasn't alive at the time, but that's what my parents have always told me. I liken it to when I heard the news of 9/11. I remember I was in my classroom,...

What it Means to Be a SEAL Teacher

What it Means to Be a SEAL Teacher

NEW! Let me read this article TO you!   Click the play button below or follow the link to SoundCloud and listen in!  As a teacher we have many responsibilities.  There was a time when I thought, first and foremost, our job was just to teach: to deliver the content...

Friendly Friday Hands

Friendly Friday Hands

What is Friendly Friday? Every Friday, my class and I have “Friendly Friday.”  It’s a great tradition that was started last year.   Friday afternoons can be tough and so, I started doing some fun activities that were steeped in the principals of SEAL: get creative and...

Technology in the Classroom

Five Cool Tech Projects for the Classroom

As teachers you are constantly thinking of engaging activities for the classroom.  You always want your children to have an enjoyable time learning in a manner that piques their interests. Technology is the way of the future, but fitting it into the schedule isn’t...

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

This creative post is from Kellie Burtch a New Hampshire STEM teacher a TAR17 Retreater.  That year, she realized the potential of inserting the A into STEM and started her year ready to advocate for all the possibilities the arts could provide for her STEM class....

ART-evator Speech

ART-evator Speech

Check out why Andy Smith, a HS arts educator and author-illustrator believes arts is important for students' learning including why we need to go from STEM to STEAM.    Can't see the video?  Visit the ART-evator speech on YouTube. And now go check out his author site...

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

Education Yesterday and Today The world continues to change at a rapid pace and there’s a constant buzz in education about closing the global achievement gap and developing 21st century skills. Education is changing to meet these needs.  Focus on new, global skills...

How 3D Printers Can Transform the Classroom

There have been many technological and curriculum transformations of the classroom since formal education was created. But two of the biggest changes in tech and lesson planning are having a unique convergence. For many educators, what was once touted as STEM has...

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Beethoven Quotes

Beethoven Quotes

It's December, and that means we celebrate the birth of an amazing man, an amazing composer: Beethoven!  (Birthday - December 16th) Over the years, I have featured many ideas about Beethoven and how listening to and studying his works can integrate with other areas....

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So, So Thankful!

A great Thanksgiving week is done and more holidays are fast approaching, but I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to give thanks for all that is alive and well here at The Inspired Classroom. Our community of online and face-to-face teachers is ever growing! ...

read more
November 22, 1963

November 22, 1963

No matter where you were on November 22, 1963, you remember that moment. At least that's what I've heard. I wasn't alive at the time, but that's what my parents have always told me. I liken it to when I heard the news of 9/11. I remember I was in my classroom,...

read more