Aug 6, 2014

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A New Twist on “Memory” Makes the Perf...

A New Twist on “Memory” Makes the Perfect Art Room Center

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome one of AOE’s newest writers, Jen. Be sure to read about her on the About page and give her a warm welcome!   I love going to lunch with my fellow teachers. In my world, you can’t go wrong with a pizza, Dr. Pepper, and friends surrounding you. This was the scene right before I started my second year of teaching. I had...

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Aug 5, 2014

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Introducing the Newest Members of the AOE Writing ...

Introducing the Newest Members of the AOE Writing Team!

Hello AOE readers! Today I’d love to introduce two new members of the AOE writing team, Jen Borel and Tim Bogatz. We are thrilled to have them on board. In addition, our writer Cassidy Reinken has decided to pursue other passions. We wish Cassidy the best of luck and look forward to what Jen and Tim have in store for us. Read on for a personal note from...

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Aug 5, 2014

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Use Learning Targets to Keep Your Teaching On Trac...

Use Learning Targets to Keep Your Teaching On Track

In the video below you’ll hear about my learning targets board.  It is an integral component in my day-to-day teaching and planning. I take the objectives for each project and turn them into “I can” statements to display for the students. The learning targets board emphasizes vocabulary, key processes, and techniques and skills that I would like the students to...

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Aug 4, 2014

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Kick Off the School Year with an Art-Inspired Musi...

Kick Off the School Year with an Art-Inspired Music Video!

Editor’s Note: Back to school already? How can that be!? It seems like every year “Back-to-School” comes earlier and earlier. Have no fear! We’re going to be easing you into things this week with a few back-to-school posts, and then start hitting organization and classroom management in the weeks to come. You won’t want to miss what our writers...

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Aug 1, 2014

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You Do Like Staff Meetings!

You Do Like Staff Meetings!

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the final installment of You DO, where AOE writers bring you the bright side of issues that are usually seen as less-than-pleasant. If you missed the previous installments, check out You DO like Making Posters for Others, You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 100th Time and You DO Like Recess Duty. Today Ian will argue that yes, you...

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Jul 31, 2014

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Make Passing Out Supplies a Breeze With This Simpl...

Make Passing Out Supplies a Breeze With This Simple Tip

As we approach the beginning of the school year, you may be thinking about how to pass out supplies in your room this year. Perhaps you have a tried and true method that works well, or maybe you’re looking for something new. In the video below, I’ll tell you about a hybrid method of passing out supplies that has worked wonders for me.     Tell  us, how do...

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Jul 30, 2014

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The Best Games to Play in Line

The Best Games to Play in Line

Chew on this: if we line our students up with 3 minutes before the end of class, and we see our students weekly during the school year, we are missing out on over 100 minutes of instruction time! If your classes are 30 minutes long, that’s three weeks of instruction! Make that time count with these games to play while in line. WARNING: Some of these games ask kids to move...

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Jul 29, 2014

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6 Activities to Make Your Art Room Even More Fun

6 Activities to Make Your Art Room Even More Fun

Editor’s Note: Today and tomorrow we’re bringing you some new ways to up the fun quotient in your room! Today Alecia shares 6 awesome activities to grab your students’ attention and keep it!   It’s no secret that the art room is generally thought of as one of the most enjoyable classrooms in the school. However, before breaks and at the end of the...

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Jul 28, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Free Choice

Rocks vs. Sucks: Free Choice

Welcome to the last Rocks vs. Sucks installment for July. We’ve had some great conversation about art ed’s trickiest topics. If you’re just joining us, make sure to go back and tell us what you think about Follow-the-Teacher Lessons, Gridding and Taking Work Home. As we tackle Free Choice today, please remember to keep your comments respectful. The goal is to disagree with...

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Jul 25, 2014

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You DO Like Making Posters for Others!

You DO Like Making Posters for Others!

Editor’s Note: Welcome to week 3 of You DO! If you missed it, check out why You DO Like Recess Duty and why You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 100th Time. Today, Alecia will convince you that you DO like making posters for others!       You are knee-deep in something really important, ending your year, drowning in grades, returning projects to...

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Jul 24, 2014

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Thiebaud Ice Cream Cones: Free Lesson Plan Downloa...

Thiebaud Ice Cream Cones: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape Art Skills: Painting, Drawing Art History: Wayne Thiebaud * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page My students find the puffy shaving cream paint used in this lesson magical. It’s easy to make and fun to use. Plus, this lesson is a great connection to art history for your youngest students. These make a...

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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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