A Merry Christmas Slacker Post

Tweet A few months back I wrote a “slacker post” because I needed a little break. Well, today, as I’m sure you can understand, I’ve decided to do the same. It is, after all a day for family. So, go and have a wonderful day with your family and friends. Slack off a bit too! […]

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Holiday Joy in Arts

Tweet What is it about the arts that bring so much joy to so many people during the holidays?  The music on the radio, concerts, ballets, decorating a tree, creating a wreath,dancing, cooking, singing, telling stories…  these are all natural ways to celebrate the season and they are all embedded in the arts. It’s the […]

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Grooveshark – Making Playlists for the Classroom

Tweet My last two posts have included live playlists powered by Grooveshark.  In a sentence – I LOVE Grooveshark.  I’ve only been using it only for a short time, but I can see so many possibilities for it in my teaching and sharing with teachers.  Let me explain: As the author of a book about […]

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Using Music to Help Struggling Readers

Our students come to us with many interests and talents. Music is one of them. Whether it’s Beethoven, the Beatles, Bon Jovi or (Justin) Bieber, tapping into their love of listening to music can help students become better readers. The two disciplines are innately very similar, and teachers and parents can take advantage of these similarities to help struggling readers become motivated learners.

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Beethoven’s Birthday – A December Holiday

Now, as a teacher, I use Beethoven’s birthday to celebrate the holiday season in a new way. All month we learn about the man and listen to his music. On his birth week, I integrate Beethoven into as many lessons as I can: from penmanship practice using Beethoven quotes and developing our understanding about fact and opinion using biographical articles about his life to practicing our math using Beethoven-based word problems. During the month we also focus on the virtue of perseverance – a virtue that Beethoven exemplified throughout his life.

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Student Blogging – Piloting a Program

Tweet This week some students of mine have begun the blogging process.  They are very excited and so am I. Since the beginning of the school year, they have been writing in their “Reflection Journals” at the end of every day, reflecting on what they have learned in the various subjects and about themselves as […]

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Creating Experiences through the Arts

Educators need to do more than teach; they need to create experiences for their students. Experiences are what make learning come alive. Let’s face it, experiences are what life is made of and what we need to emphasize in our classrooms if we are to teach the whole child. The arts provide a wonderful way to bring experiences into your teaching.

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Connect Globally in Your Classroom

Tweet #ntchat (New Teacher Chat) is a great Twitter chat for new teachers and veteran’s alike.  I love attending these forums where all kinds of teachers share great resources and ideas.  Last night’s topic was How can we support new teachers to make Global Connections? and it did not disappoint. Connecting globally is a reality […]

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The Grades are IN

Tweet I just finished posting my grades for report cards which will be going out on Wednesday.  What a relief!  But it is often with a hesitant click, that I post those final grades.  Did I put enough time in?  Did I miss anything?  Did I write enough in the comments?  Will the parents agree?  […]

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