Pleasure, Experience and Art

Tweet While in Sicily, Elizabeth Gilbert tries to understand a piece of the pleasure seeking Italian culture. In her book, Eat, Pray, Love, she refers to Luigi Barzini, an Italian journalist and author of The Italians who provides her with a large piece of the puzzle. She writes, “Because the world is so corrupted, misspoken, […]

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Seeking Pleasure

Tweet In her book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, travels to three countries to find herself once again.  The first place she travels to is Italy – in an attempt to seek and experience pure pleasure.  The Italians she comes across have no problem with this idea, in fact they applaud and encourage it.  However, […]

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PLaiC – Experience, Reflect, Apply

Tweet This past week, a group of teachers that work in my district got together for our monthly (3 months strong!) PLaiC meeting.  This is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) session that centers around Arts Integration.  The format for this session was different than that in the past and I believe it was very effective.  […]

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Children's Freedom in a Classroom Structure

Tweet It is most important in my teaching for my students to have freedom to think, freedom of movement, and the freedom to be responsible for themselves, their work and their relationships. I want this to happen each day in my classroom as we work through the curriculum, snack, specials, lunch and recess. To achieve […]

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Erosion Blues

Tweet This past week, my students and I had a great experience as we created a makeshift recording studio in our school and recorded an original piece of music: The Erosion Blues. It is a great example of integration, collaboration and freedom in structure. Integration: The blues was meant to be a culminating project for […]

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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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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 – 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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4th Grade Boys and Chopin

Tweet Every month, I introduce my students to a new composer or genre and for that month, we listen to the music of that composer or genre everyday during snack. Last month, our focus was on Chopin. Undoubtedly, there are students that make a connection with the music or composers that we listen to, be […]

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