May 5, 2015

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4 Engaging End of the Year Projects To Keep You Sa...

4 Engaging End of the Year Projects To Keep You Sane

The last few days of the school year always seem to be a chaotic rush. Classes are shortened for assemblies and field trips, students are distracted by the warm weather and teachers are trying to cram in every last bit of their remaining lesson plans. It can be tough to get through that last in-depth project. This year, I’ve decided…I will not fight the...

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May 4, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 5: “3 Keys to Take Your Te...

AOE LIVE: Episode 5: “3 Keys to Take Your Teaching to the Next Level” with the excellent Mr. E

  Ted Edinger of “Art With Mr. E” fame stops by the show to talk with the guys about all things art teaching–art shows, student teachers, developing your strengths as a teacher and improving upon your weaknesses. His insight into such a wide variety of topics–and his 3 Keys to Teaching–make this episode a must-listen! . WATCH NOW: Please note:...

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May 4, 2015

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5 Simple Classroom Management Solutions for the H....

5 Simple Classroom Management Solutions for the H.S. Art Room

So much time is spent talking about high school pedagogy, student work, art shows, and everything else that comes with teaching older kids. Too often, though, we overlook (or are afraid to talk about) a huge aspect of teaching high school: Classroom Management. We went to the AOE Facebook Page to ask our readers for their questions about managing the high school art room. Here are...

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May 1, 2015

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The Top 10 Art Supplies I Can’t Live Without...

The Top 10 Art Supplies I Can’t Live Without in My Elementary Art Room

    My favorite time of the school year is the end of the year! No, it isn’t because summer break is in sight, although that is exciting. It’s because in May, everything comes full circle: the students have another year of art curriculum under their belts, there are lots of exciting end-of-the-year celebrations, and I feel like the holidays have come again...

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Apr 30, 2015

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A Winning Answer to a Common Interview Question

A Winning Answer to a Common Interview Question

You know they’re going to ask it, yet it’s such a loaded question, you’re not exactly sure how you’ll respond.   “Please describe your classroom management style.”   If this interview question has you running for the hills, have no fear. Today I’m going to tell you an answer that not only is something you’re already doing but sounds impressive to...

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Apr 30, 2015

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Oil Pastel Nature Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Downl...

Oil Pastel Nature Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Color, Value Art Skills: Drawing, Color Mixing Art History: O’Keeffe * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     Although the materials are nothing like that of real wax-resist batik, the look of this project is similar, with wide, flowing outlines that produce a stunning effect....

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Apr 29, 2015

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A Fun Formative Assessment Tool for All Grade Leve...

A Fun Formative Assessment Tool for All Grade Levels

I am often looking for fun and quick ways to use formative assessments in my classroom. Recently the music teacher at my school was telling me about an app called Plickers that helps him test his students for understanding. He gains quick insight into what the students are learning and the students think they are playing a game! Sounds pretty good, right?   Read on to find...

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Apr 28, 2015

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Why Every Art Classroom Needs a Shopping Cart

Why Every Art Classroom Needs a Shopping Cart

As art teachers, we are known for being ingenious with unusual art supplies and mediums. Using recycled garbage, food, or home improvement materials is no problem when it comes to uncommon projects or interesting material choice at centers, but what about unusual equipment in the art room? Many times, we are the dumping spot in our schools for weird stuff that no one else wants....

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Apr 28, 2015

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6 Secrets to Affording Professional Development on...

6 Secrets to Affording Professional Development on a Teacher’s Budget

Editor’s Note: This article was written by our amazing customer happiness guru Sarah. Today she’s sharing her insider knowledge about affording professional development on a tight budget.   For many teachers, it’s the thrill of helping children learn, not the paycheck, that leads them to the profession. While a less-than-stellar paycheck isn’t news,...

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Apr 27, 2015

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What Happens When Your Students’ Work Is Cen...

What Happens When Your Students’ Work Is Censored?

    Our annual art show, which is held at the local cultural arts center, was two days away. The artwork to be displayed represented grades 9-12 and was matted, wired and delivered for hanging. The forms were all signed and the labels were all printed. I was thinking that this show would go off without a hitch. That was, until the phone rang. Speaking from the other end...

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Apr 24, 2015

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Unplug to Become the “Summer You” All ...

Unplug to Become the “Summer You” All Year Round

    Last month I wrote an article exposing some of the less-than-perfect parts of my life. This article is about one of the most perfect parts of my life… my family.   I love being an art teacher. It is one of the greatest jobs in the world. It is hard work. It is under-appreciated work, but it is good. From August to May my school life gets a lot of me....

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Apr 23, 2015

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AOE 2015 Summer Conference: Registration is Open!

AOE 2015 Summer Conference: Registration is Open!

    Well, folks, it’s that time again! We just launched the AOE Summer 2015 Online Conference which is set to run on Thursday, July 16th. There is a strong lineup of presenters announced already with more surprise feature presenters to be announced in the coming months! This is the event that will propel you into the new school year rejuvenated and excited about the...

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