Norman Rockwell – Inspiring in the Classroom

Tweet Norman Rockwell, an all-American painter, captures the hearts of so many of us: young and old. He has a realistic sense of humor, a poignant grasp of the human spirit, and an ability to express so much in the expressions of his characters’ faces. In the classroom, his painting can be used to grab […]

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Beethoven's Birthday – a December Holiday

Tweet Yes, in my family, it seems that Beethoven’s birthday is its own little holiday. No, we do not have a party or exchange gifts, but we do remember that on December 16th a most magnificent man, one who changed music forever, was born. My grandfather was, to say the least, a fan of Beethoven’s […]

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TIC – A New Beginning

Tweet This may ramble a little – just need to get some thoughts out… For a leadership class I am currently enrolled in, I am to assess the environment I hope to change. Right now, I am in the middle of doing some reading and developing a survey. This is not easy. I feel like […]

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Being a Creative Teacher is OK! – a lesson in Main Idea

Tweet Scripted Teaching – yuck! But is it part of our everyday teaching routine. Our reading and math series are so planned out, that it is rare that I make an actual lesson plan. The editors have given objectives, procedures, warm up activities, enrichment ideas, projects, games, material lists, materials and extra practice, to name […]

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Linking Music to Reading

Tweet I had the first day of school professional development days this past week and it continued to amaze me how much reading and music are linked! They are innately very similar processes and it’s not just in their appreciation and skill, but in the developmental continuum. In appreciation and skill: The parallels between reading […]

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The Values of the Arts

Tweet The values are many, but the commitment these day seems so large – most importantly time away from areas in the curriculum which will be tested. I understand. I live this each day in my own classroom, but it is a calling to which we must find the courage – to infuse our students […]

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