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How to Use Music to Calm Your Students

How to Use Music to Calm Your Students

Playing music in your classroom is a great way to create a sense of calm and focus. What to know how? In this video, I'm going to show you how to Soundtrack your classroom in 6 simple steps. This SEAL strategy is a teacher favorite in my SEAL Teacher Training course...

SEL Framework for Arts Integration

SEL Framework for Arts Integration

This SEL framework for arts integration will help you integrate the arts with SEL.  You will reach your SEL goals AND integrate the arts.  Win. Win. But it’s actually not only about the integration... SEAL is WAY more than that. It is an entire framework that empowers...

The 3 Cs to What Makes a Good Teacher

The 3 Cs to What Makes a Good Teacher

What makes a good teacher….There was a time when I thought being a teacher was all about the content you teach.  That couldn't be further from the truth! Teaching is a tough job, but it can be even more tough if you think it's all about your content.  What makes a...

3 Ways to Integrate the Arts with SEL

3 Ways to Integrate the Arts with SEL

Are you ready to integrate the arts with SEL?  The arts are the best way for students to learn, practice and develop their social-emotional skills.  Why?  Because the arts provide amazing experiences that allow them to build self-awareness, empathy, patience, and...

Arts Integration VS Arts Education

Arts Integration VS Arts Education

Arts Integration VS Arts Education?  Is this a battle?  I don't think so! Many arts educators are concerned that if their school or district starts to implement arts integration, arts education is going to disappear.  Now way!  Not gonna happen. Let me tell you why....

Technology in the Classroom

2 Keys to STEAM

2 Keys to STEAM

STEAM - It's a great buzz word in education, but too often it's thrown around without a full understanding of what it truly means. In preparation for this summer's Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat, I thought it would be a great idea to review two of the key...

On the Absence of Tape

On the Absence of Tape

A Personal Essay Advocating for the Arts in STEAM As an enthusiastic art teacher for children ages Kindergarten through fourth grade, one of my biggest goals is to provide my excited and wide-eyed kiddos with a variety of materials and techniques to explore each year....

Advocate for STEAM

Advocate for STEAM

Today I'm excited to share this wonderful video with you that advocates for STEAM.  Julie O'Neill, a colleague of mine and repeater retreater created this as her advocacy piece during the Summer 2018 Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat. The...

Advocate for STEAM through Art – Always Wonder

Advocate for STEAM through Art – Always Wonder

Every once in a while you get hit by an amazing piece of artwork.  I'm talking about a stop-you-in-your-tracks piece of art.  That's what happened to me at the end of this summer's retreat, when one of my colleagues passed in her STEAM advocacy piece for one of the...

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...

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