Student Poems of Hope, Faith, ...

May 10, 2020 by

Collected by Jeffrey Pflaum, Educator/Author FAITH Trust me life.I trust you.If you don’tI have no oneto turn to.You’re all I’ve...

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Homebound Lessons for Educator...

Apr 24, 2020 by

Jeffrey Pflaum As an inner-city educator for many years, and a contributing author to EDUCATION NEWS, I created, developed, and...

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“Speedball”

Apr 21, 2020 by

by Jeffrey Pflaum – The poem and photographs describe a scene where a teacher goes to the cafeteria to pick up his class. As he...

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“Teaching: From the Inside Out...

Mar 17, 2019 by

Teaching: From the Inside Out Jeffrey Pflaum Introduction The poem you’re about to read describes my internal approach to education,...

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CLOUDS OF WAR: Student Respons...

Nov 13, 2018 by

My “Contemplation Music Writing Program” expanded its journey from prose to bilingual poetry in “The Inner Cities Poetry Arts...

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Poetry Teacher Helps Bullied K...

Apr 8, 2018 by

By Kathleen Culliton – WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN — Johnny Arce was a good kid with a bad problem — he was hounded by bullies. They...

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A Teacher’s Hints on Creative ...

Feb 24, 2018 by

Music goes hand-in-hand with other creative endeavors. This teacher writes, “Through music, from classical to popular, kids encounter...

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How Music Can Improve Writing ...

Nov 2, 2017 by

By Jeffrey Pflaum – Play music, think clearly about things, and write about whatever happens while listening. This simple...

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Discovering outer beauty and i...

Sep 6, 2017 by

By Jeffrey Pflaum – Spring mornings light up my mind with the thought of taking a walk along Little Neck Bay to Fort Totten...

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Contemplation Music Writing St...

Feb 5, 2017 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – It’s 12:35 p.m. I’m picking up my 6th grade class from the cafeteria. You can cut the heat with a knife. The...

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Creativity with Words: Imagina...

Nov 28, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum –   What would happen if you could perform the mathematical operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and...

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Trigger a Passion for Words wi...

Oct 2, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – Picture this: I’m a language arts cluster teacher heading to an unmotivated 2nd grade class and thinking about...

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Contemplation Music Writing fo...

Sep 15, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – For the new school year, why not try a little “day music” to get educators acquainted with themselves,...

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Part 2: The Music Technique: C...

Sep 1, 2016 by

Contemplation Music Writing: An Alternative to Mindfulness Programs   Part 2: The Music Technique   In Part 1 of “The Contemplation...

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“Contemplation Music Writing”:...

Aug 18, 2016 by

Part 1: “The Counting Technique”   As an inner-city elementary school teacher for thirty-four years (retired from the NYCDOE in...

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THE BIG CLOUD PICTURE SHOW

Jul 24, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – When I started teaching in the late 60s we set out to change public education with innovation and a whole lot...

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THE INNER CITIES POETRY ARTS P...

May 10, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – In the article titled, “The Inner Cities Poetry Arts Project,” published by Triadae Magazine at...

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Using “Music Writing” to Trigg...

Apr 5, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – Mindfulness programs are currently popular in schools across the United States. Why not? These meditative...

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THE POWER OF PENMANSHIP

Mar 19, 2016 by

Why bother teaching penmanship when you have all the pressures of testing hovering over your head? Teachers and parents should be...

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“The Slow Walking Kindness Ref...

Mar 2, 2016 by

Jeffrey Pflaum – For my recent post on ED NEWS, “The Slow Walking Kindness Reflection Activity for Kids,” I created 3 short...

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