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Positive Self-Talk

What is Positive Self-Talk? The voice inside our own heads is very powerful and something that we can't escape.  What that voice says to us can really affect our mood, our motivation and our growth.  If that voice is always saying things such as, "I bet you couldn't...

Sharing Friendly Fridays – Making Origami Lotus Flowers

For the last two months, my class has been doing something special each Friday: Friendly Fridays.  These are small activities that build on Social Relationships between classmates.  In the past they have made notes and pictures for each other and practiced writing and...

Introducing SEAL (Social-Emotional Artistic Learning)

I am excited to begin a new journey with The Inspired Classroom's readership!  SEAL!  Social-Emotional Artistic Learning For years now, I have been exploring how arts integration strategies can be applied to the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) competencies...

Empower Yourself with SEAL

Do you feel EMPOWERED in your classroom? Woah, that's a loaded question, right? Well, that's what this 30 minute mini-workshop teaches us. It was originally given live on Facebook to help teachers understand how they can effectively empower themselves.  If you missed...

What it Means to Be a SEAL Teacher

NEW! Let me read this article TO you!   Click the play button below or follow the link to SoundCloud and listen in!  As a teacher we have many responsibilities.  There was a time when I thought, first and foremost, our job was just to teach: to deliver the content...

SEL Song Lyrics

What better way to teach students about Social Emotional Learning than through the ARTS?  A colleague of mine said it best: "Art IS SEL!"   And if music is an expression of humanity, then music is a way we can learn about our abilities to love and be loved, to...

Music Sets the Tone

In recent weeks, I've been researching out how to use music as a tool for focusing and working in preparation for one of the focuses of this year's Winter Teacher Art Retreat. We probably have all experienced music (or the lack of it) in a variety of places:...

What makes SEAL not a program?

Picture it - It's the beginning of the school year and you have just set up your classroom.  (ok... most of your classroom)  and your principal has just called over the intercom that the first staff meeting of the school year is about to begin in 5 minutes. You gather...

Starfish in the Hospital

At the time, I had no idea that she was going to die. Spending those days with my dad going in and out of Boston watching over her as she lay in the ICU bed, I kept hoping and praying for a miracle, because, well, she deserved it. We spent hours a day going in,...

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