How it Feels to Be a Student – Retreat Reflections

Tweet I began the retreat hoping to rekindle my creative spirit and renew my interest and passion for integrating the arts in the curriculum. Art is an expression of one’s self and at the start of the retreat I was nervous to share my art–myself–with my fellow retreaters. I, however, ask my learners every single […]

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Do you know the basics of arts integration? (A QUIZ)

Tweet Whether you are a seasoned AI teacher or ready to explore the world of #artsint, chances are you know a few of these basics, but it’s always a good idea to check in on yourself every so often. Here’s a quick quiz to make sure you’re on the right track! Question ONE: True or […]

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Fraction Rhythms – Integration, Collaboration and JOY!

Tweet Today was an example of integration and collaboration at its best! Every Tuesday and Wednesday the music teacher, at my school (and my mentee and friend, Johanna) comes into my classroom for a 30 minute intervention period to assist with whatever we are doing in class.  It is usually math.  Often she wanders the […]

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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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Composing Songs in the Classroom

Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

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Make Learning Come Alive

Tweet If you are a reader of The Inspired Classroom, then you understand in some capacity the power that the arts can have on learning.  Getting inspired by the arts as a teacher in order to be inspiring to students is at the core of our mission.  This week, I was honored (and happy!) to […]

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The Arts Connect to Everything

Tweet The amazing thing about the arts is that they can be integrated with nearly any other topic.  Sometimes you have to just let your mind go and imagine all the possibilities and once you get started, it can be hard to stop. I’ve been approached in person and through email by so many people […]

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The Arts Belong in STEM!

Tweet Today’s post is a teaser for the post I have written for Education Closet, and is a sneak peek of my upcoming presentation at the 2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM.  I hope you join us this July! STEM was designed with integration in mind.  It is creating a lesson that incorporates the best of […]

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What’s Your Haiku Moment?

Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

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