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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Jul 8, 2014

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15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art T...

15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher

We all know there are unknowns with any career path we choose. How we handle those unknowns can really impact our attitudes towards our professions. While I like to choose to handle curveballs with humor, I sometimes wish that I had had a cheat sheet when starting out. Here are 15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher. Add your own in the comments below!...

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Jul 8, 2014

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Check Out These Hilarious Museum Challenge Submiss...

Check Out These Hilarious Museum Challenge Submissions!

To be honest, when we put out our Museum Challenge, we weren’t sure what we would get. Would anyone participate? Would people be able to dig up photos quickly enough? Well, with 80 amazing submissions, those worries were put to rest. Here are 5 honorable mentions and the big winner!   Honorable Mentions   Lindsey Jenkins Gerow : with Matisse’s The Dance at the...

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Jul 7, 2014

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Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher Lessons

Rocks vs. Sucks: Follow-the-Teacher Lessons

Hey AOE Readers! We’ve noticed something interesting about the art ed world. For a group of individuals with a common goal, it’s amazing how different we really are. There are so many passionate opinions about how to deliver the best possible art education to our students. That’s why, we’re introducing a new feature for you today. Welcome to “Rocks vs. Sucks,” articles...

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Jul 4, 2014

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An Insider Pass to Some Amazing Patriotic Portrait...

An Insider Pass to Some Amazing Patriotic Portraits

Recently, we featured the outstanding resource Google Cultural Institute, which brings you inside amazing museums all over the world. You may have explored the The Met and The VanGogh Museum, but did you know you can also take an up close and personal tour of The White House? Besides getting an inside peek at the architecture and decor, there is access to almost 150 pieces of art...

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Jul 3, 2014

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Video: My Favorite Simple Visuals for the Art Room

Video: My Favorite Simple Visuals for the Art Room

If you have limited wall space in your art room,  you must be selective with types of posters that are worthy of your precious wall real estate. This is why I’ve always had a set or two of Crystal Art Display Cards hanging in my art room. They are small in size, and hit on almost every vocabulary word, art history period (I used them as my art room timeline) and media you...

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Jul 2, 2014

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Do You Know About this Amazing Hour of PD for Art ...

Do You Know About this Amazing Hour of PD for Art Teachers?

  The Behind-the-Scenes Story In July of 2012, Sarah Doane (@SaDoane) sat at her computer in her art room, alone. As she scrolled through Twitter, she read tweets by other teachers bragging about their common planning time. Sarah was the only art teacher in her building. She had no other art teachers to share ideas with, to plan with or to learn from. Sarah felt isolated and...

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Jul 1, 2014

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The Best Book to Introduce Art History to Older St...

The Best Book to Introduce Art History to Older Students

I’m going to give you a choice. You’re about to walk into a room full of adolescents and introduce the topic of art history. Some students are texting their friends, others are listening to their iPods, and none of them had a good night’s sleep. Before you enter, you can pick up one of two books, each full of art history information. There is a summary taped to the cover...

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Jun 30, 2014

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Can a TAB Classroom Coexist in a World with Report...

Can a TAB Classroom Coexist in a World with Report Cards?

Assessing art is subjective, personal and can be difficult for many art teachers. Deciding what to grade, how to grade, and if you should grade can be a nightmare and take up hours and hours of time. Given the added stress and pressure from administration to show student growth through assessments, the thought of switching your teaching philosophy to a choice based art curriculum...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Summer Conference Schedule Released

Summer Conference Schedule Released

The AOE Online Conference is only a few weeks away! Today, we’re releasing the official conference schedule so you can review all of the great presentations and begin to plan your day! All of the times below are based on Central Time (CST, GMT-6). The Conference begins on Thursday, July 17th, at 10:00am CST (11:00EST, 9:00MST, 8:00PST) and ends around 3:00pm CST...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

There is a lot to be said for small paintings or drawings. They are less intimidating, they can be completed in a short class period, and storing them is a cinch. On the other hand, working big can turn a simple art making task into an academic challenge for your students. The trouble is, most kids naturally work small. How many times have you given out a 12″ x 18″...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Do You Play Music in the Art Room?

Do You Play Music in the Art Room?

Today I’d like to discuss the topic of playing music in the art room while your students work. In my opinion, silence is best for concentration and productivity. The reality is, however, many art rooms are far from silent. My art room is bustling with commotion, filled with students talking, collaborating, sharing, and helping each other. Since silence isn’t the norm, and sound...

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