Create and Celebrate

Tweet This past week was the second annual Teacher Art Retreat and it was a “wonderful three days!” as one of the participant wrote.  We sang, danced, drew, glued, told stories, listened to music, drummed, looked for math in nature, acted, ate, relaxed, played with rocks, the list goes on… One of the coolest things […]

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Connect with Other Teachers!

Tweet Connecting with other educators is probably the best way to grow yourself as an educator.  I’m not just talking about meeting with other educators, but connecting with them.  When we are in a staff meeting or enrolled in a class or workshop, we are usually just meeting.  When we sit around a table and […]

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Announcing: 2012 Teacher Art Retreat!

Tweet It’s time!  It’s time! Oh yes it is… Time to officially announce the line up for the 2012 Teacher Art Retreat!   I am so happy to post the information many of you have been waiting for – the second annual Teacher Art Retreat is on for August 13-15 (8am-3pm at the Amesbury, MA […]

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Reigniting Your Love of Teaching through Arts Integration

Tweet I so very much believe in the power of the arts in education, but not just for the students who are learning.  It’s also very much for the teachers who are teaching!  I have seen first hand how arts integration has reignited teachers’ love of teaching, rekindled a flame that was starting to die.  […]

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Teachers Working and Learning Together through Arts Integration

Tweet I love working with other teachers, and I was so fortunate to do so for the past three weekends in my own district.  14 teachers in Amesbury, MA signed up for and took my Arts Integration course.  It was yet another amazing experience where I was able to work with great teachers in grades […]

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Put Us Together and Give Us Some Time

Tweet This past week end, I started teaching my arts integration grad course through the district in which I work.  16 teachers from grades Pre K-12 gathered together and worked hard getting started on the track of Arts Integration.  It was wonderful!  We talked, we listened, we created, we collaborated, we connected.  What else can […]

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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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Vocabulary and the Arts

Tweet Yesterday our district had a professional development day on the topic of vocabulary.  Some 4th grade colleagues presented to all the elementary and middle school teachers a method of introducing vocabulary that they had started last year.  What they were doing was centered around Robert Marzano’s teachings from his book Building Background Knowledge for […]

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The Creative Process for Teachers

Tweet If there’s  one thing that’s overlooked in education, it’s professional development where teachers are able to feed their own fires.  Sound corny?  Ya, a little bit, but it’s true!  If you want to know why I said it that way, read this post where I first started talking about feeding our flames.  But basically, […]

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