The Arts Connect to Everything

Tweet The amazing thing about the arts is that they can be integrated with nearly any other topic.  Sometimes you have to just let your mind go and imagine all the possibilities and once you get started, it can be hard to stop. I’ve been approached in person and through email by so many people […]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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Puppets in an Inspired Classroom

Tweet Judith O’Hare is a world renowned puppeteer and the focus workshop presenter at the Teacher Art Retreat.  Today, she shares some insights to how puppets can play a part in our classrooms and in the lives of our students.  This is a preview of the wonderful things we will be learning from her at the retreat! […]

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The Arts Belong in STEM!

Tweet Today’s post is a teaser for the post I have written for Education Closet, and is a sneak peek of my upcoming presentation at the 2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM.  I hope you join us this July! STEM was designed with integration in mind.  It is creating a lesson that incorporates the best of […]

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How to Make your Students Feel Valued as Individuals

Tweet For many teachers, although we see students every single day, it can be very hard to remember what it was actually like to be a kid. Our hardy, grown-up personalities have weathered through decades of disappointments (with some delights thrown in for good measure), and although everyone has a lot more ‘growing’ to do […]

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5 Ways to Excel in Drama & Theater

Tweet As school years near a close, many teachers take advantage of the opportunity to put on a play.  Here are some great tips you can use with your students regardless of their level. ~EMP Amongst the many types of art that can be talked about, it’s easy to say that theater is one of […]

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To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

Tweet Are you on the fence about whether or not to attend this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat? Consider this:  You get to be creative and get inspired alongside other educators who can support and encourage you. AND – you get professional development hours or even graduate credit for your time! Let me tell you more.  […]

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Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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Inspire Yourself

Tweet Every so often you need to do something for yourself: go out for drinks with an old friend, sit on the beach with a good book or even just carve out 30 minutes to watch a show on the couch in your PJs with no interruptions.  (Those are three of my favorites!) With the […]

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