Professional Development at Your Leisure

Tweet For many teachers, summer means working at your leisure.  That’s what I’m doing! This summer I’m taking an online course towards my CAGS degree in Arts, Leadership and Learning which means I can work whenever I have a few moments, or I can carve out some time to dig deep into my work.   […]

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Arts-Based Learning for Teachers

Tweet I see it all the time: Teachers are interested, they see the benefits, but are unsure of whether they should be attending arts-based professional development.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of needs. And my answer is almost always the same: We need arts-based learning just as much as […]

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My Summer Projects

Tweet I know the end of the summer is not here, but it sure feels like it!  The commercials on TV are all about back to school.  I’m getting emails from my principal and our school’s secretary about class lists and sending letters home to parents.  And, to top it off, I’m starting to feel […]

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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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Summertime!

Tweet It’s summertime at The Inspired Classroom! For so many teachers summertime is a time for a little R&R.  Don’t get me wrong, it is for me too!  I love having a chance to spend time with my kids, hit the beach and vacation with my family.  It’s also a great chance to clean the […]

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Summer Was…

Tweet Summer was fun, relaxing, rejuvenating, busy, short, eventful, and satisfying. And now, summer is officially over.  Sorry – someone had to say it!  But with summer over, a new school year begins and I for one feel like I need that structure again.  My hope is that I will find that balance of health […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011

Tweet I am so excited to announce The Inspired Classroom’s first ever Teacher Art Retreat summer event! Join teachers from the area who are ready to treat themselves to three days of art making and idea sharing.  Whether you are interested in ARTS INTEGRATION, ART EDUCATION, or just need some time for YOURSELF, this retreat, […]

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Arts Integration Chat

Tweet Last night I had the honor of guest moderating #ntchat (New Teacher Chat) with Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul). It was so much fun! What a great way to end my summer and it also have me a chance to refocus myself on the importance of arts integration! (Which is the blog series topic for next […]

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Working with Audacity

Tweet Recently, I taught two workshops using the open source audio editing software, Audacity through the Somersworth, NH School District. @brophycat (AKA Cathy Brophy, a good friend and colleague) invited me to share my knowledge of the software with preK-12 teachers and make it practical for their teaching. I was excited to do so! The […]

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