Why is Music Education in Schools Important?

Tweet In our technological world, music education is being offered less and less in many school systems. Unfortunately, many schools have begun to exclude music from their curriculums to make room for other subjects. Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human […]

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Fairy Tale Rebus

Tweet A rebus is a puzzle or story that combines words with pictures. Have your students work on drawing and conceptualization skills with this fun project that will turn a favorite fairy tale into a rebus puzzle by replacing the nouns in the story with pictures that they draw themselves. What You Need: Large sheets of […]

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How to Use Role-Playing Games to Teach English: Practical Tips

Tweet Role play in any classroom brings a range of benefits. It adds variety to a lesson, which can be fun and motivating for students. It broadens the possibilities for language production by taking students beyond their own lives and experiences. Role play can also help with group dynamics; quieter students can take on the […]

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Jazz Up Your Classroom Décor on the Cheap

Tweet As an education professional, there are lots of things you need or want to spend extra dollars on. You might need a new book as lesson-planning help, or a specialized binder to keep paperwork in order. But classroom décor? That’s probably not what you want to invest in!  Luckily there are great ideas to […]

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Friendly Friday Notes – SEL Activity for your Students

Tweet Kindness is always a great topic to discuss with your students. Practicing kindness is very important as well and giving them structured opportunities to do so can be easy. Here’s on great idea that I started on a whim last week for “Friendly Friday” and it was a big hit! Give each student a […]

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Organizing Fun Movie Club Lessons – a Way to Bond with Students

Tweet Let’s go back in time for a moment: what do you remember from your days at school? Do you vividly recall all those classes that meant listening to the teacher who was giving a boring lecture? That’s hardly the case. Do you remember informal classes? Sometimes the teachers allowed you to discuss different topics […]

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Dance Your Way through STEAM

Tweet On Thursday, July 23rd, I have the honor of presenting again during Education Closet‘s summer Connectivity Conference.  This is a conference I have presented at since it’s conception by my wonderful friend, Susan Riley.  She has done such great work for teachers who strive to keep the arts and arts integration thriving in schools. […]

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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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Singing Knowledge: How Music Fosters Learning

Tweet During the last few decades, a large number of research studies dedicated to music and its effect on our minds and bodies have demonstrated that listening to music can cause a wide range of psychosomatic effects: it can reduce our blood pressure, help us deal with pain or boost our immunity. It’s no wonder […]

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