Arts Integration for the Art Teacher

Tweet This week, I wrote a guest post for Jessica Balsley’s website Art of Education.  She is an art teacher who provides many resources and ideas for other teachers interested and invested in arts education.  I decided to stay with my focus on arts integration and cater to her major audience – art teachers.  Here […]

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Freedom in Structure – Lessons From Yo-Yo Ma

Tweet My mom and I went to the symphony on Tuesday evening.  We saw Yo-Yo Ma perform DVOŘÁK’s Cello Concerto.  It was, in a word, amazing! It was the way Yo-Yo Ma performed the music.  He didn’t play it, didn’t even perform it, he experienced it right there in front of us making the music […]

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Learning about Dictatorship through Music

Tweet You can imagine my excitement when I read about how an attendee from my presentation at #RSCon11 decided to use some of the music integration strategies in her classroom – and found great success.  Stephanie Shouldis (@WizardOzTeacher) did just that.  She was there for my 30 minute webinar entitled “Integrating Music with Literacy to […]

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Reading and Drumming

Tweet The school year is in full swing and reading is filling the air in my fourth grade classroom.  We read independently, in groups, with partners, as a whole class, as a read aloud, online and hopefully at home as well.   Let’s face it, reading is a very important part of an elementary school classroom.  […]

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Trust the Process – From Mourning to Light

Tweet I was first introduced to this phrase when I was getting my masters in Arts and Learning from Endicott College.  My inspiring professor, Stephanie Grenadier, put these words (from Shaun McNiff’s book) into motion for me.  She showed me what they meant by allowing me to follow my own creative process through my classes […]

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Remembering 9/11, Celebrating 9/14

Tweet Each year, my school celebrates a special, yet under-acknowledged anniversary in our country’s history. September 14, 1814 was the date when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became our National Anthem while witnessing the battle at Fort McHenry.  Three years ago, I approached my principal and colleagues with the idea of bringing the […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011- A Success!

Tweet Rejuvenating! Having Conversations,  Making Connections Total Participation Creating and Sharing These are some of the responses that were told to me in the last 20 minutes of the Teacher Art Retreat that was held Monday through Wednesday of this week (August 15-17). I am so energized by the time we had together at this […]

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Reflections on RSCON3 – Music and Reading

Tweet I was fortunate to have presented again at the Reform Symposium – 3 days of free webinars given by teachers and educators from around the world.  It was another great experience.  I presented on “Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers.”  I find this topic very interesting and was so excited to share […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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