Stop, Drop and Color

Tweet I used to think that using coloring pages was a waste of time.  I felt that giving someone a blank paper on which to draw or color was a much better option.  However, my view has changed slightly over the years.  There is a place for coloring pages in students’ physical and emotional development.  […]

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Arts-Based Learning for Teachers

Tweet I see it all the time: Teachers are interested, they see the benefits, but are unsure of whether they should be attending arts-based professional development.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of needs. And my answer is almost always the same: We need arts-based learning just as much as […]

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5 Unforgettable Field Trips

Tweet Whether you are nearing the end of your school year, right in the midst or even on a summer break, it’s always a good time to consider a field trip for you and your students.  Here are some great ideas for some hands-on, integrated field trips.  Plan ahead and make the most of your […]

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Announcing: 2012 Teacher Art Retreat!

Tweet It’s time!  It’s time! Oh yes it is… Time to officially announce the line up for the 2012 Teacher Art Retreat!   I am so happy to post the information many of you have been waiting for – the second annual Teacher Art Retreat is on for August 13-15 (8am-3pm at the Amesbury, MA […]

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Never Assume

Tweet I find myself saying this quite a bit as a teacher.  It seems too often we assume students have all the skills they need, but that is not always true.  I know, this doesn’t seem like a positive way to start this post, but it can be a reality.  Sometimes we take for granted […]

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A Visit from TIGER

Tweet A couple of years ago, I attended an Arts Integration Day at Plymouth State University.  There, I presented a hands-on workshop on Building Community through Music.  But before the workshops began, all the attendees and presenters were treated to a wonderful keynote speaker and a performance by TIGER: (Theater Integrating Guidance, Education, and Responsibility), […]

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Crystallize, Don't Paralyze!

Tweet How do you approach teaching?  When you are with students, how do you act?  What do  you say?  Are you engaging and encouraging?  Are you curt and sarcastic?  Are you somewhere in between?  (These are questions I ask of you and of myself…we’re in this together, after all. 😉 ) In the book I […]

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Student Blogging – Piloting a Program

Tweet This week some students of mine have begun the blogging process.  They are very excited and so am I. Since the beginning of the school year, they have been writing in their “Reflection Journals” at the end of every day, reflecting on what they have learned in the various subjects and about themselves as […]

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Creating Experiences through the Arts

Educators need to do more than teach; they need to create experiences for their students. Experiences are what make learning come alive. Let’s face it, experiences are what life is made of and what we need to emphasize in our classrooms if we are to teach the whole child. The arts provide a wonderful way to bring experiences into your teaching.

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