Is it bad that…?

Tweet Is it bad that now that our state testing is over I feel like a teacher again?  As my students were testing Tuesday and Wednesday, I was free to do some work.  As I sat at my desk, obliged to ignore any questions the students may have about the content of the test,  I […]

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Composing Songs in the Classroom

Tweet Composition is a great way for students to express themselves and work more deeply with the content in their curriculum.  Here, I have put together some great examples of songwriting with students using excerpts from previous posts.  I hope these examples inspire you to consider a form of songwriting in your classroom! Composition that […]

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Puppets and movement and tears, oh my!

Tweet What a wonderful first couple of days at the retreat!  We have been working on our shadow puppet shows with Judith O’Hare of You and Me Puppets which we cannot wait to see.  The amazing collaboration and creativity that is coming out of our retreaters is amazing! On Monday we moved with Deirdre Moore […]

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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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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go to the Retreat, and 5 Reasons You Should

Tweet It’s summertime and so many teachers are thinking about taking a class or two (along with going to the beach and catching up on some personal reading.)  Today I’d like to take a few moments and go over some of the reasons I’ve heard people don’t think they should attend the retreat.  And guess […]

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To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

Tweet Are you on the fence about whether or not to attend this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat? Consider this:  You get to be creative and get inspired alongside other educators who can support and encourage you. AND – you get professional development hours or even graduate credit for your time! Let me tell you more.  […]

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Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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Inspire Yourself

Tweet Every so often you need to do something for yourself: go out for drinks with an old friend, sit on the beach with a good book or even just carve out 30 minutes to watch a show on the couch in your PJs with no interruptions.  (Those are three of my favorites!) With the […]

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Inspiring Futures

Tweet I think I speak for a lot of teachers when I say that I chose this career because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  I love seeing children’s faces light up when they start to understand a concept, but even more, I love seeing past students and learning that my teaching […]

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