To Be a Teacher – Reflections Near Mothers’ Day

Tweet This past summer, fall and winter my family went through a lot as we struggled with some family issues.  My daughter, after a long state of despair, was diagnosed with PANDAS.  It put our family in a spin, but thankfully, I can say with confidence, that with the right treatment, she has recovered.  We […]

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Reflections on My Classroom – Is it Inspiring?

Tweet Now, let’s get real.  Just because I host a website and blog called The Inspired Classroom, doesn’t mean I’m the best teacher in the world or have the most inspired classroom.  I try – hard, but I’m far from perfect. There are days when we all (teachers and students) are being pulled in many […]

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Call for Proposals for the 2014 Teacher Art Retreat

Tweet It’s that time of year! I’m so excited that we are starting plans for this summer’s Teacher Art Retreat. Our workshop sessions are always so wonderful because they are led by teachers and artists who allow the participants to dig into a project, gain experiences and reflect on them.  We’ve had everything from music […]

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What Makes an Inspiring Teacher?

Tweet I just came home from giving a wonderful workshop that included over 40 teachers who teach through the Lappin Foundation. The overarching theme was “What makes an inspiring teacher?  What does an inspired classroom look like?” Through discussion, tableaux and art making teachers summed up the answers to those questions in a random listing […]

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No More Desk!

Tweet I did it!  I’ve been thinking about it for years (like 7 years) and I finally decided to get rid of my teacher desk! The idea first came to me at a Responsive Classroom workshop where one of the lead teachers talked about how he gave up his desk and gained more space for […]

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The Rule Of Five

Tweet If you are working with a child who struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that there are periods of time you both can feel like you’re in a losing battle. It can be hard to know how to encourage the child through that struggle while also teaching them and correcting their […]

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And the Beat Goes On!

Tweet So, Monday evening I was concerned and writing about how we retreaters were told there is “NO Music!” at the Community Center where we were holding our annual Teacher Art Retreat and enjoying each other’s company for 15 minutes after lunch through a drumming circle. Well, many people chimed in with their opinions (thank […]

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Creative Motivation: Keep Your Students Interested

Tweet Sure, students are coming back to school and may be naturally motivated by a new school year, but here are some great thoughts and ideas of how to keep that going throughout.  ~EMP Every student learns a little bit differently. As a teacher you are well versed in this. You also know how hard […]

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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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