1×5 Strategy for Creative Thinking

By | 2017-06-12T08:23:38+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

  Have you ever asked a question in your classroom only to be met by blank stares?  Or maybe, you've asked the question and everyone starts sharing all their ideas, all the time.  In either of those scenarios, the 1x5 [...]

Formula Elements: smART Ideas Strategy

By | 2016-12-09T08:42:38+00:00 September 15th, 2016|

Movement and dance are often the most difficult arts areas for integration, mostly because teachers are uncomfortable using their bodies to model the technique.  In today's smART Ideas video, I'm sharing the Formula Elements strategy which I think will make this [...]

Character Reflection

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:57+00:00 October 26th, 2015|

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 character through arts presentation. [...]

Student Generated Projects

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:57+00:00 October 19th, 2015|

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 curriculum how can we [...]

Behavioral Literacy Through Drama

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:58+00:00 October 7th, 2015|

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 years ago I discovered [...]

Periscope PD: Expanding Sentences Strategy

By | 2016-12-09T08:37:33+00:00 September 29th, 2015|

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 short, 10 minute video, [...]

Building Leadership in the Classroom

By | 2016-10-29T11:34:59+00:00 September 28th, 2015|

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 building student leadership.  If [...]

Practicing Procedures: Part II

By | 2016-10-29T11:35:00+00:00 September 21st, 2015|

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 roadblocks, it’s not too [...]

Practicing Procedures: Part I

By | 2016-10-29T11:35:00+00:00 September 14th, 2015|

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 favorite part... the content!  [...]

Back to School!

By | 2016-10-29T11:35:01+00:00 September 7th, 2015|

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 a new meaning as [...]