Feb 26, 2014

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Make Talking With Parents A Breeze W...

Make Talking With Parents A Breeze With Table Displays

Does this ever happen to you? You’re sitting at parent teacher conferences....

Nov 6, 2013

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Promote Your Class With Video

Promote Your Class With Video

Videos are a great way to advocate for your class. Whether it is a highlight...

Oct 17, 2013

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Earn Free Money at Your Favorite Sto...

Earn Free Money at Your Favorite Stores: Just for Being a Teacher!

Right before the school year starts, I partake in my ritual of back to school...

Oct 1, 2013

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Making Conversation a Cornerstone in...

Making Conversation a Cornerstone in the Art Classroom

I know that getting kids to talk to each other about their art and the...

Sep 5, 2013

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Tweet Tweet! 8 Reasons You Need an A...

Tweet Tweet! 8 Reasons You Need an Art Room Twitter

Twitter is one of the most popular and widely used social network websites...

Aug 26, 2013

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3 Ways to Make Your Room a Must-Stop...

3 Ways to Make Your Room a Must-Stop on Parent Night

Parent Night is probably right around the corner for many of you as we get...

Jul 16, 2013

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Developing Empathy in the Art Room

Developing Empathy in the Art Room

The 2012-2013 school year was littered with unfortunate events.  Incidents...

Jul 2, 2013

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5 Tips for Connecting Classrooms wit...

5 Tips for Connecting Classrooms with a Collaborative Project

Collaborating with another school on an art project can be one of the most...

Jun 20, 2013

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When to Toss a Project

When to Toss a Project

You start with a project you’ve given a dozen times before. Whether you...

Jun 7, 2013

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Are “Core” Teachers Appr...

Are “Core” Teachers Appreciated More than Art Teachers?

With the end of the year upon us, I wanted to share an observation I’ve...

Jun 6, 2013

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The Art Studio vs.The Art Room

The Art Studio vs.The Art Room

Pssstt! Sarah is going to be Skyping with Chuck Close today at 1:00 PM Central...

Apr 11, 2013

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Walk Throughs and Pop-Ins: Dealing W...

Walk Throughs and Pop-Ins: Dealing With Impromptu Visits by Administration

Imagine you’re in the middle of teaching your students how to choose the...

Mar 19, 2013

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Student Friendly Field Trip Follow-U...

Student Friendly Field Trip Follow-Ups

I am taking each and every one of my 315 students to the Des Moines Art Center...

Feb 28, 2013

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Cut Your Losses: When Art Projects F...

Cut Your Losses: When Art Projects Flop

We’ve all been there with our own personal projects a time or two: that...

Feb 20, 2013

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Where Do You Read AOE?

Where Do You Read AOE?

One of the philosophies that AOE was founded on, is idea that art teachers...

Feb 13, 2013

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Three Tips for Perfectionist Art Stu...

Three Tips for Perfectionist Art Students

Last week we talked about the role of tracers in the art room. Today, I’d...

Jan 15, 2013

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How Do You Handle Absent Students?

How Do You Handle Absent Students?

I was recently talking with one of my art teacher friends when the topic of...

Jan 2, 2013

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Project Based Learning to the Extrem...

Project Based Learning to the Extreme: Part 1

Perhaps you’ve always envisioned doing a large scale, school-wide...

Dec 12, 2012

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The Ultimate Art Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Art Holiday Gift Guide

Whenever the holidays roll around, I always have parents ask me, “What are...

Nov 30, 2012

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Do Art Teachers Have Too Many Extra ...

Do Art Teachers Have Too Many Extra Duties?

Duties. Sigh. As an educator and an employee of a system that needs to run...

Nov 8, 2012

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Strategies to Handle Difficult Paren...

Strategies to Handle Difficult Parents

There are so many positive ways to reach out to parents and help them feel...

Nov 6, 2012

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Making Student-led Conferences Work ...

Making Student-led Conferences Work in the Art Room

Yesterday I wrote about connecting with parents at conferences. Today I want...

Oct 31, 2012

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No One Told The Art Teacher…Wh...

No One Told The Art Teacher…When Kids Miss Art

Here’s the scenario. You are sitting in your classroom before students...

Oct 29, 2012

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Channel Your Inner Student to Become...

Channel Your Inner Student to Become a Better Teacher

I attend a daily kettlebell class at a local gym. I’m barely awake as I...