Jul 23, 2014

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The Power of the Turnaround Arts Initiative

The Power of the Turnaround Arts Initiative

Last summer I shared with you my experiences with the Turnaround Arts Initiative. This public-private partnership uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement, and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools. This is the most highly visible federal arts education program in the country, and it is having a big...

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Jul 22, 2014

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Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways to Reward Stud...

Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways to Reward Students

You can read arguments from both camps on the extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation rewards debate. In fact, I’ve been teaching the AOE class Managing the Art Room this summer, and some of our best conversations dug right into this very topic. Often the question came up, “If not material rewards, then what else can I do to recognize strong student...

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Jul 21, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Taking Work Home

Rocks vs. Sucks: Taking Work Home

Welcome to the third installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, the place for you to voice your opinions and explore your thoughts on some of the trickiest topics in art ed. If you missed the first two, click on through to voice your opinion about Follow-the-Teacher Lessons and Gridding. Please remember to keep the discussion educated and free of judgement. The motto is, disagree with ideas...

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Jul 18, 2014

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Summer 2014 Conference Recap

Summer 2014 Conference Recap

On July 17th, 2014, The Art of Education was proud to host the third ever online conference just for art teachers! We had over 1,700 register to attend, and 1000+ join us for the live event, with the rest taking advantage of the “After Pass” Maybe you attended, followed the hashtag #aoeconference on Twitter, or saw your favorite bloggers posting about the conference....

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Jul 18, 2014

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You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 10...

You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 100th Time

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, each Friday in July we’re bringing you the flip side of an annoying or unpleasant part of our jobs. Last week Sarah convinced you that you DO like recess duty! Today we tackle another topic: the question that makes you want to flip your lid.        It was nearing the end of the year. My patience was running thin,...

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Jul 17, 2014

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The Best Facebook Groups for Art Teachers

The Best Facebook Groups for Art Teachers

Are you on Facebook? If you are, you might be noticing that Facebook groups are becoming more and more popular. Belonging to a group is a fun way to interact with like-minded people in a casual atmosphere. When the updates come right to your feed, it’s super easy to interact and contribute. There are some amazing ideas, questions and discussions out there! Here are some of...

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Jul 16, 2014

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Yes, You Can Write a TAB Lesson Plan

Yes, You Can Write a TAB Lesson Plan

There are many teachers hoping to try out a TAB model in their classrooms that get stuck at step one: Lesson Planning. How do you create a lesson when the kids are supposed make most of the decisions? Is “TAB Lesson Plan” an oxymoron? I don’t think so. Looking at it from the perspective of a project manager can help you design a TAB lesson that gives your students the...

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Jul 15, 2014

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The Clay Storage Solution You’ve Been Waitin...

The Clay Storage Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

Do you dread your clay units because of the hassle involved? Maybe the mere mention of the words clay unit gets your heart racing as you think about your struggle with organization. Numerous “no names,” projects drying out before students are finished, or the inability to even start a project because it would take weeks to complete are enough to make any teacher say, “ No...

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Jul 14, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Rocks vs. Sucks: Gridding

Welcome to the second installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, your place to sound off on some of the most controversial topics in art ed. Last week, we looked at Follow-the-Teacher Lessons. This week, Ian is bringing us the ins and outs of using gridding to help students draw. Be sure to let us know what you think about gridding in the comments below! Please remember to keep the comment...

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Jul 11, 2014

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You DO Like Recess Duty!

You DO Like Recess Duty!

Editor’s Note: Today we’re bringing you a fun new summer series. No, we didn’t forget the “not” in the title.  Today Sarah is going to argue that you really DO like recess duty! Every Friday this month, we’ll be bringing you the flip side of a topic we usually think of as annoying or inconvenient. Let us know what you think in the...

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Jul 10, 2014

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Illuminated Initials: Free Lesson Plan Download

Illuminated Initials: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line Art Skills: Drawing, Design Art History: Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a fantastic tie-in to Medieval studies. Students are invested right away because they are designing one of their own initials. Using gold, silver or sparkle Scratchboard...

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Jul 9, 2014

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Would You Let an Unenrolled Student Stay in Your C...

Would You Let an Unenrolled Student Stay in Your Class?

There is a scene in my all time favorite movie, Mean Girls, where the Math teacher Sharon Norbury (Tina Fey) has the students confess to rumors they have spread and apologize to those they’ve wronged. Several of the main characters speak to their peers. Then one girl, who hasn’t appeared in the movie at all, addresses the group: Crying Girl: I wish we could all get along...

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