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Thankful for Communities

Thankful for Communities

It's that time of year when we talk about being thankful. Of course I am thankful for my family and my health, for my friends and colleagues. I am blessed with so many wonderful people that support and encourage me. My hope is that you have the same and are able to...

What effects can music have on student success?

What effects can music have on student success?

Music has been touted as an aid for a variety of things, but it can be a controversial topic. Some people are convinced their performance on professional and academic matters is better when they are listening to music, while others claim the opposite. We love music at...

LEDs in ART!

When you hear the term STEAM, what do you think of?  Building? Problem solving? Group work? A hot cup of Joe? Getting ready to make spaghetti? Do you ever think of lights?   Ya!  Lights!   At this summer’s Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat,...

Arts Integration is Naturally Differentiated

Arts Integration is Naturally Differentiated

What a claim! I can always feel confident about bringing a new experience to my students because the arts and arts integrated lessons are naturally differentiated. That word - differentiated was such a buzz word not too long ago and, let's face it, it still is an...

Sea Creatures Swimming Cross Country

Sea Creatures Swimming Cross Country

Packed.  Sealed.  Shipped. I just returned from shipping off 90 sea creatures to travel across the country from Massachusetts to Washington State.  Why?  Well...  it's an interesting story. Get Inspired The motto of The Inspired Classroom will always...

Technology in the Classroom

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....

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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Honoring ALL Families

Honoring ALL Families

Ah November - Leaves are changing, days are cooler and you can just smell the apple pie baking and the turkey roasting. AND Family. When I think of November, I think of family. It's the true beginning of the holiday season and no matter what comes with it, presents,...

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One Way to Prevent Teacher Burnout

One Way to Prevent Teacher Burnout

Everywhere I turn, I see the signs of teacher burnout. In person and online... We are overwhelmed (with student issues, new initiatives and changing standards), overworked (with countless papers to correct, forms to complete and duties to cover that do nothing to help...

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