Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom

Tweet Countless research studies have shown us that music causes a wide range of psychosomatic effects to our bodies. It can be helpful in dealing with chronic pain, reduce blood pressure or even boost our immunity. At some point music caught the eye of psychologists examining human cognitive capabilities and learning. Consequently, music was unveiled […]

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Mathapalooza

Tweet What is Mathapalooza? It is a rockin’ awesome idea that my 4th grade team came up with so that we could help motivate kids for the math MCAS testing coming up in mid May. Basically, we are mixing great music with all kinds of math concepts. It’s not arts integration necessarily, but we sure […]

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Lessons From Family Art Night

Tweet We often have a family movie night or family game night, but for the past couple of weeks, my kids have been asking for a family art night and finally, we did it.  It was great.  We each created our own thing using materials of our choice and were able to share and display […]

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Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Tweet This Thursday, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is such a fun way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in […]

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Teachers Working and Learning Together through Arts Integration

Tweet I love working with other teachers, and I was so fortunate to do so for the past three weekends in my own district.  14 teachers in Amesbury, MA signed up for and took my Arts Integration course.  It was yet another amazing experience where I was able to work with great teachers in grades […]

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Put Us Together and Give Us Some Time

Tweet This past week end, I started teaching my arts integration grad course through the district in which I work.  16 teachers from grades Pre K-12 gathered together and worked hard getting started on the track of Arts Integration.  It was wonderful!  We talked, we listened, we created, we collaborated, we connected.  What else can […]

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Remembering 9/11, Celebrating 9/14

Tweet Each year, my school celebrates a special, yet under-acknowledged anniversary in our country’s history. September 14, 1814 was the date when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became our National Anthem while witnessing the battle at Fort McHenry.  Three years ago, I approached my principal and colleagues with the idea of bringing the […]

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The Community that Art Built

Tweet It always amazes me how quickly a community can be build when art is involved.  I was reminded about this last week, during the grad class I taught in arts integration and the creative process when I saw it happen again.  During our five day class we created visual art, music, stories, poems and […]

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Active Listening Time – A Vehicle for the Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet Over the last weeks, I have received many emails, a few comments and some personal inquiries into active listening time. In nearly each post in this series I’ve highlighted how this time allows me to make connections between music and literacy every day with my students. Whether it be visualization and reading, listening for […]

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