Reflections on Beat Night – Poetic Experiences

Tweet This past Thursday a group of teachers took their third field trip organized by The Inspired Classroom. We attended Beat Night at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH. What fun! It was a great night of relaxin’, groovin’ and inspirin’. The evening began with an hour of featured poets reciting their original poems. There […]

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Musical Experiences – Listening in the Classroom

Tweet Listening to music with your students can be a huge community builder. AND it is something that nearly any teacher can do in his or her classroom. (Even I can do it working in an open concept school!) It’s a simple concept, really: to listen to music each day with your students. It can […]

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Musical Experiences – Composing in the Classroom

Tweet In the spirit of Music in Our Schools month, I would like to reflect some more on how music can build community, this time through composition. With MCAS (Massachusetts’s high stakes test) next week, I think it is necessary to give my students a balance of testing with play. We WILL go outside and […]

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PLaiC – Process, Play and Balance

Tweet PLaiC is now a new venture for me. It is a Professional Learning Community centered around Arts Integration. What a wonderful example of community. In this case it was a community of teachers getting together to talk freely about their profession and their passion for seeing true arts integration in their teaching. There were […]

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4th Grade Boys and Chopin

Tweet Every month, I introduce my students to a new composer or genre and for that month, we listen to the music of that composer or genre everyday during snack. Last month, our focus was on Chopin. Undoubtedly, there are students that make a connection with the music or composers that we listen to, be […]

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Musical Experiences – Playing in the Classroom

Tweet Music is a powerful tool to use in your teaching. It gives students a chance to be creative, to play and find structure – all at once! Best yet is that it will help you to build community with your students. It’s all about experiences – building experiences, sharing experiences, reflecting on them and […]

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Community Built Through Music

Tweet March is Music in Our Schools month.  So let’s focus a couple of blogs on it!  It is not an accident that we chose “community” as the focus for this month either, because music is a very powerful community builder! Years ago, I came across this wonderful quote: “No art form creates community as […]

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Teacher Poetry Inspired by Chopin

Tweet Inspired by Chopin’s Prelude in A Major Op.28, No. 7  (48 sec.) This is a special collection of poems composed by workshop participants at the TIC Workshop “Building Creativity, Community and Character Through Music” on Saturday 3/6. These and other works can be found under the Resources tab – Examples of Work Enjoy! The […]

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Community Built Through the Arts

Tweet One very effective way to build community in the classroom is through the arts.  You may be an arts teacher or a general ed teacher, a special ed teacher, a musician, an arist or not.  It doesn’t matter!  If you have a group of students in your room then using the arts to build […]

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