It's All About Experiences

Tweet Community building in the educational profession is important for teachers, students, administration, staff, parents and the whole community. This month, I have enjoyed reflecting about how I try to build community in my classroom with my students. In the future months, the topic of community will certainly be further explored. What I have discovered […]

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Balancing Testing with Creativity

Tweet Our MCAS test begins today. Three days of testing in ELA (English Language Arts). Today, students are asked to write a personal narrative and the other two days, students will be given all other means of ELA testing: reading selections, multiple choice, essay response (open response), grammar, conventions, etc. I do agree with these […]

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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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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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