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STEAM-ER Series: Engagement

Welcome to the STEAM-ER series! Over the next few weeks we will be discussing Engagement through Rigor for each of the STEAM content areas. In the STEAM-ER introduction I shared five areas that encourage Engagement [...]

By |December 14th, 2015|
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Introducing the STEAMER Series

The use of the word rigor in education today is almost as frequent as the words Common Core.  In fact, in some instances they might even seem synonymous.  But what is rigor really? The denotation [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|
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Character Reflection

One important aspect to education that has quickly been pushed aside to make way for more testing is character building.  The arts are a great place to house these valuable skills, because we innately build [...]

By |October 26th, 2015|
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Student Generated Projects

We have all heard of Project Based Learning (PBL), and some of us may have even dabbled in building PBL curriculum and classrooms, but with the time constraints of standards, testing, pacing guides, and mandated [...]

By |October 19th, 2015|
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Behavioral Literacy Through Drama

Behavior management is the big bugaboo for many a teacher.  It can make or break you since without good management you cannot create a positive learning environment and get to the business of teaching.  Many [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|
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Top 5 Strategies for a Smooth Structure

After a month in my new position, I have had the opportunity to observe many classrooms each with varying teacher personalities and even more student dynamics.  But with each classroom, I found that there are [...]

By |October 5th, 2015|

Periscope PD: Expanding Sentences Strategy

Who couldn't use a new arts integration strategy to put in their bag of tricks?  Today's Periscope PD is from the session I shared last Tuesday evening all about the Expanding Sentences strategy.  In this [...]

By |September 29th, 2015|
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Building Leadership in the Classroom

Building leadership in the classroom is an amazing way to really place responsibility, ownership, and accountability into the hands of the students.  However, it is essential that all procedures are well established before proceeding to [...]

By |September 28th, 2015|
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Practicing Procedures: Part II

Procedures are essential to the structure of the classroom, without them the majority of our time will be devoted to putting out fires instead of igniting curiosity.  If you find yourself running into some procedural [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|
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Practicing Procedures: Part I

For most of us, we are moving into the second week of school.  Classes are starting to level out, most of the schedule changes have been made, and we are beginning to delve into our [...]

By |September 14th, 2015|
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Back to School!

Welcome Back!!! Two words streaming though campus hallways across America. With these words comes the anticipation of a new school year and the reality of the work that is ahead.  For me, these words hold [...]

By |September 7th, 2015|
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Be Your OWN Superhero

I have a confession to make: I have TERRIBLE stage fright.  As a musician, this is a real challenge.  Even now - after almost 30 years of performing experience - my knees knock uncontrollably whenever [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|
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Coach’s Corner: The Art of Lesson Planning

A couple weeks ago I posted my first Coach's Corner article addressing some of the prevalent issues my new teachers are facing, and I received a wonderful comment on the post from Brad Foust, he [...]

By |March 23rd, 2015|
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Coaches’ Corner

Recently I have taken on a new position, that of instructional coach for our first-year teachers, and it has been an exciting transition, but the more I work with our new teachers, the more I [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|

An Artful Way Through Testing

Ah, testing.  It is a regular fact of life in today’s public school classroom.  One of the great challenges I found when I was a classroom teacher during testing was fatigue.  We want our students [...]

By |February 18th, 2015|

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