Teacher-Centered PD

Tweet When I think of what “teacher-centered” refers to, I first consider professional development.  That is our learning, where we are the students.  Professional development should always have the end result in mind: how will teachers use this material inside their classroom to better their students’ learning.  However, the PD itself, needs to be focused […]

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Teacher Art Retreat – Plan Ahead, Save Big, Earn Credit

Tweet Plan ahead for the Teacher Art Retreat: Save Big and Earn Credit! Teacher Art Retreat eNews 2013, Issue 2 It’s time to plan ahead for the Summer Teacher Art Retreat We have great announcements, so read on! This summer’s Teacher Art Retreat is promising to be a great one.  We are currently planning the […]

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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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Are the Arts Fluff?

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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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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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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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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Fun at the Retreat

Tweet Well the Teacher Art Retreat is underway and we are having a great time!  So far, we have moved, breathed, eaten, glued, designed, shared, talked, played, acted, painted, laughed, questioned, and reflected.  (I’m sure I’m missing a few verbs…)  Our hinged box books are built and tomorrow we will work on the content of […]

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A PD Retreat

Tweet What do you think of when you hear the words professional development? I sent this question out to my PLN on Twitter and here are some of the replies I received: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/hechternacht/status/101843908455178241″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/betsymck/status/101845454865707008″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/mrwickersham/status/101849001594327041″] Sad, isn’t it?  Teachers are not slackers.  We are hard working.  So when we are put into […]

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