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Friendly Hearts

Friendly Hearts

Hearts don't have to just mean love, certainly not romance.  Hearts can also be a symbol of kindness and friendship.   I love finding new ways to promote kindness and friendship in my classroom for our Friendly Fridays.  While scrolling through Facebook the other day,...

Motivational Memes

Motivational Memes

Memes are fun.  And entertaining.  And creative! Really! Memes are a great form of digital media that you and your students can use to relay a message, state an opinion, motivate and encourage, or make someone laugh. They can be a great way to process information and...

Merry, Merry to You!

It's Christmastime.  A time for family and friends and a little magic too.  Probably some good food and a few dishes to wash.  An excuse to eat a few extra treats and be thankful for some fun, new gifts. I hope you are enjoying your week. And if you are away from...

Holiday Music Bringing Joy in the Classroom

Holiday Music Bringing Joy in the Classroom

Music does bring us joy.  We listen to it, sing it, perform it, stand in awe of it.  Whether we are musicians or not, there is a place in our hearts for music.  The holidays are no different.  I love using music in many ways during the holidays: as we decorate our...

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....

Technology in the Classroom

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...

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...

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