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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...

Mrs. Old School meets #artsint

Enjoy my colleague, Ashley LaValley's response to a summer retreat course assignment: Pretend you are in a situation where you have to advocate for the arts in learning and arts integration.  Use part or all of your elevator speech to deliver your message. ~Elizabeth...

Soundtracking, Silent Reading & Building Stamina

Soundtracking, Silent Reading & Building Stamina

Reading stamina has been the focus of my 4th grade class these last few days.  I have been working hard through the guidance of The Daily 5 to instruct my students in my expectations for them to read independently when I need to take small groups of students. Now...

Freebie! Self-Assessment in Arts Int – Tool for Teachers

As teachers, we always want to know how we are doing at our craft.  We work hard at developing our skills, even the ones we are good at!  There's always room for improvement and change to keep things fresh for our students. This self-assessment has been a great tool...

Arts Integration “frame of mind”

Arts Integration “frame of mind”

Being an Arts Integration teacher is more than just planning awesome lessons.  It's more than taking classes and attending retreats.  It's way more than picking the right objectives and assessments that will match multiple content areas all at once. Being a true Arts...

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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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...

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Mrs. Old School meets #artsint

Enjoy my colleague, Ashley LaValley's response to a summer retreat course assignment: Pretend you are in a situation where you have to advocate for the arts in learning and arts integration.  Use part or all of your elevator speech to deliver your message. ~Elizabeth...

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