“If you don’t know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else”

So where am I going?.. and…. What on earth is a “Bloal?”  Well, It’s a Blog-Goal! :) It comes a time in every blogger’s life they must state their purpose in the blog-o-verse.  Hence the reason for these “Bloals” I want to pledge to you, my readers and myself my own goals for this blog and what I expect out of myself and what you can expect out of me.

You see, AOE is not simply your typical lesson idea blog. Although lessons are an important part of what we do as art educators, I have always been equally interested in the “other stuff” of teaching art.  As I was looking at “The Buzz” on the righthand side of my blog (which tracks the things I talk about and post about the most) I noticed some trends forming, which is shaping AOE into what it is today.

Some of these words are:





Positive Attitudes



Based upon these words, I have created a new vision for myself.  I want to stay consistent with posting,  stay true to myself and my motivations with my post topics, and be different. I want to be better at not only using technology with my students, but also with the programming end of the blog- which means you get new features!

If you are looking for a different art education site, this is it! I am a strong advocate for providing meaningful professional development for art teachers, and this blog is a great way for me to provide professional development for all of you in a way your school probably can’t.

Join me, are you up for the challenge? Do you have any Bloals for yourself? Please share! …. Because you wouldn’t want to end up somewhere else, would you?

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • I’m so glad to see someone else out here that is motivated to maintain positive attitudes- that has been a major goal of mine as well. I frequently find that blogs are used as the educator’s online venting post, and I think that can be a very destructive move, when staying positive and constructive would be more productive. Thanks for stopping by http://wonderbrooks.wordpress.com !

  • Good goals. I write a ‘last chapter’ every year. It gives me a clear goal for the end of the year. It has helped me be more successful in my life and classroom.

    • I would love to see you post about your “last chapter” I am very interested in this and love this kind of thing! Do share!

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