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How to Introduce Essential Oils into Your Classroom

How to Introduce Essential Oils into Your Classroom

Have you wondered how to introduce essential oils into your classroom? Well, today I have a special treat! Tuesday Orluk, a local yoga instructor and an expert in essential oils is joining me to talk about how we teachers can use various scents and oils in our...

3 Ways to Create a Safe Community for Learning

3 Ways to Create a Safe Community for Learning

Let me READ this article to you! Just click play! Taking the time to build a sense of community in your classroom is paramount to your students' success.  Why?  <<<Spoiler Alert>>> It helps with everything!  All year! When students feel like they are...

BTS Story – Advocate for Arts Integration with Ice Cream!

BTS Story – Advocate for Arts Integration with Ice Cream!

Ah...  back to school time!  Well, at many schools that means parent info nights and ice cream socials. What a great time to talk curriculum and advocate for a year of arts integration and creativity!  Here's Julie's story of how SHE can advocate for arts integration...

Put the A in SEAL

Put the A in SEAL

Have you been charged with the mission to bring SEL into your classroom? I bet you have! In fact, EVERY single teacher I talk to not only knows what SEL is, but knows how much their students NEED development in their social-emotional development. Well, if you are...

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...

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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Happy Birthday, Beethoven

Happy Birthday, Beethoven

One of my favorite holidays is coming up soon.  If you have been following me over the years, you know it's not just the traditional holidays, but a very special one - Beethoven's Birthday on December 16th! December (or any month, really) is a great time to spend some...

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