It’s About Saying It

Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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Revitalization

Tweet   It’s a new year, and I think I’m ready to take it on!  After months of turmoil, things are settling back down into normalcy.  (Well, we’re crossing our fingers!)  My daughter was diagnosed with PANDAS1 (yes, that’s an old fashioned footnote and not a link!) and it put our family into a spin.  In the […]

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Five Fun Ways to Reflect on the School Term

Tweet At the end of a term, students and teachers can breathe a sigh of relief safe in the knowledge that the bulk of the work is done and we can all look forward to a relaxing and fun last day of school before a well-deserved break. Some teachers like to bring in games or […]

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Priorities

Tweet The Short Version: For personal and professional reasons, it’s time to reprioritize the place this blog and website have in my life.  While my heart is still very much passionate about The Inspired Classroom and all it stands for, I must change the way things run so that the other pieces of my life […]

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Arts Integration in the School Library

Tweet Today, a colleague of mine has offered her own reflection on her school year as our school librarian and teacher.  She works hard to integrate the arts into her lessons and shares some of what she has done with the readers of The Inspired Classroom.  ~EMP I have been taking professional development with a […]

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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom

Tweet I’m happy to bring you this article from a dear colleague of mine who works hard to always bring wonderful arts integrated lessons into her classroom.  This is a great reflection of her journey this year and hopes for the next.  ~EMP “Mrs. Mitchell, what colors should I use?”   I couldn’t believe what […]

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Reflecting in Words and Sketches

Tweet Over the past few years, I’ve been implementing reflection journals.  It started as a lined notebook where students took a moment at the end of each day to reflect on the day.  We created covers for these journals during a Studio Day in order to make them personal and meaningful for the year. During […]

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3 Reasons You Need a Did List

Tweet What is a did list?  It’s a list you make AFTER you accomplish things, not before.  Sure we all make To Do lists, but at the end of a school year (or any time of year) it’s great to take a moment and reflect on things you have done – create a Did List. […]

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Ordinary Things

Tweet My plan was to write a post this month having to do with staying positive in the classroom and I might still do that. But as I was watching the finale of The Office last night, the last words spoken by Pam Halpert really stayed with me. There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary […]

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