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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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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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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Reschoolutions

Tweet Ah, January.  A time for new beginnings.  I love the idea that in the school year, we have two beginnings: one in September and one in January.  January always seems like a great time to take a look at how far we’ve come over the past few months, see where we need to go, […]

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Say Yes To Teaching Outdoors

Tweet Whether you are heading back to school after the long summer break or anticipating the end of a school year, it can be tricky to engage young minds that may be filled with thoughts of playgrounds, beaches and sunshine. But rather than confining learning to the classroom, why don’t you show children that learning […]

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Integrating Arts and Tech Simultaneously: Four Lesson Ideas

Tweet Many teachers support both arts and tech integration. However, they don’t realize the two subjects can be integrated together. They become trapped thinking arts integration is analog and tech integration is digital; the former is fingerpainting, making music and dancing while the latter is calculating, researching and programming. However, there are numerous ways to […]

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Reading and Rhythm Training

Tweet I am so excited!  Today 8 colleagues and I are going to become trained in a program called Reading and Rhythm.  It incorporates the natural tendencies of rhythm in spoken and written word and helps those who struggle to find more fluency in their reading.  In addition, it helps build students’ comprehension and vocabulary. […]

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National Anthem Activities

Tweet National Anthem project day is coming up quickly!  I love this day.  It is a great way to celebrate Patriotism and music as September 14 is the anniversary of the penning of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. The National Anthem project was started by MENC, the Music Educators National Convention in […]

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