Arts Integration PLC

Tweet What can happen when teachers get together to discuss student learning?  Lots – and not just for the students, for the teachers too.  That is what I have discovered through the organization of our district’s Arts Integration PLC.  Nearly three years ago, I sent out an email to all the teachers in Amesbury, Massachusetts […]

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Developing Learners

Tweet Guest bloggers on The Inspired Classroom and I have often touched upon personal philosophies of education.  These philosophies have ranged from technology to special ed, to education and teaching in general.  My first written philosophy of ed (from about 13 years ago) compared teaching to gardening, and I was brought back to those images […]

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Creating Common Formative Assessments

Tweet In my last post, “Common Formative Assessments Built by PLCs,” I talked about what common formative assessments are as a reflection of my reading Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work – New Insights for Improving Schools (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, 2008).   But you may be wondering WHY you would do this.  I’d like to explore […]

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Common Formative Assessments Built by PLCs

Tweet PLCs are Professional Learning Communities made up of teachers who work together in a professional environment to discuss student work and help student learning. This year, I joined a book club at my school that is reading Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work – New Insights for Improving Schools (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker, 2008).  Throught […]

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PLaiC – Experience, Reflect, Apply

Tweet This past week, a group of teachers that work in my district got together for our monthly (3 months strong!) PLaiC meeting.  This is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) session that centers around Arts Integration.  The format for this session was different than that in the past and I believe it was very effective.  […]

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What Teachers DO When They are NOT with Students

Tweet It can be quite a discussion when negotiations come around.  How much “prep” time do we allow teachers to have?  How much “free” time should they get a week?  How much time away from students do they really need each day? Regardless of how much time we teachers have during the school day, it […]

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PLCs and PLNs – Go Us!

Tweet Over the past few months, I have become involved in two very powerful teaching communities: a PLC and a PLN.  Both of these collaborative groups have changed my teaching in very positive ways, mostly because the premise behind each of them is to gain knowledge through other professional educators, AKA – US! The PLC […]

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PLaiC – Process, Play and Balance

Tweet PLaiC is now a new venture for me. It is a Professional Learning Community centered around Arts Integration. What a wonderful example of community. In this case it was a community of teachers getting together to talk freely about their profession and their passion for seeing true arts integration in their teaching. There were […]

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Community Built Through Music

Tweet March is Music in Our Schools month.  So let’s focus a couple of blogs on it!  It is not an accident that we chose “community” as the focus for this month either, because music is a very powerful community builder! Years ago, I came across this wonderful quote: “No art form creates community as […]

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