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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....

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...

Technology in the Classroom

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 at a Science Museum

Art at a Science Museum

Over the summer I was finally able to bring my family to the Boston Museum of Science. My kids are at the perfect age to enjoy and explore the exhibits and activities: everything from the dinosaurs to the electricity, the explorations of sound and space. We saw a show...

7 Smart Ways to Use Creative Writing Apps in Teaching

7 Smart Ways to Use Creative Writing Apps in Teaching

Any writing is art, and it requires thinking outside the box. A good teacher involves kids in the world of creation and keeps them excited about what they do. Today, with technology development ahead of the curve you can inspire and engage your students easy as pie....

8 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

8 Great Ways to Use Google for Education

In this computerized era, Google is the most commonly used tool in everyday life; from starting a day with Google News to saying good night to a friend using Hangouts, many things can be done with Google. It is basically a search engine enabling everyone to connect...

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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,...

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Family Scrapbook Project

Family Scrapbook Project

Our students have so many stories to discover and they may not even realize it!  I'm not just talking about story ideas they can write.  I'm talking about the stories they can find around them, close to home.  The stories that they can find in the people and things...

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