Aug 24, 2015

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4 Tips for Fostering Authentic Art Experiences in ...

4 Tips for Fostering Authentic Art Experiences in the Classroom

Recently, I’ve been hearing the term “authentic art” used in the art ed world more and more. People talk of “authentic art experiences” and about how specific pedagogies are designed for authenticity. The concept of authentic art signifies an important idea in art education that has broad implications for how we teach and what we want students to learn. So, what does...

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Aug 24, 2015

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Gaining the Confidence to Lead Your Art Department

Gaining the Confidence to Lead Your Art Department

  You’re the leader of your art department. Now what?   Maybe it was a coveted position you interviewed for and scored. Perhaps you volunteered with a group of like-minded colleagues. Maybe you were assigned the role. No matter how it happened, this year you are charged with leading your art department. You are The Facilitator. I am proud of you. As the leader of...

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Aug 21, 2015

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5 Overlooked Certification Programs for Art Teache...

5 Overlooked Certification Programs for Art Teachers

    There is a stark reality that many art teachers, unfortunately, face– that of the teacher whose program is marginalized. It’s always a little cut here, a little cut there. It seems that as specialized teachers we spend too much of our time justifying our own existence. It’s often the arts programs that are first on the chopping block when times get...

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Aug 20, 2015

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35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of M...

35 Lessons that Explore the Beautiful Pairing of Math and Art

    Cross-curricular connections are a phenomenal way to help our students develop deeper knowledge. Real life isn’t compartmentalized into just math, just reading, just science, or just art. It’s an intricate collection and balance of all practices and knowledge. We can lead our students through processes that allow these connections to form naturally! One of the...

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Aug 19, 2015

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4 Ways to Help Students Personally Connect with Ar...

4 Ways to Help Students Personally Connect with Art History

We typically have three main ways to decide which artists to teach our students about: The artists we learned in school The artists we personally like The artist that best connects with whatever lesson we’ve already planned These reasons stopped feeling like enough for me a few years ago. I wondered how I could present art history to help students make personal connections....

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Aug 19, 2015

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Fall Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Fall Photography: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space and Color Art Skills: Photography, Photo Editing Making Connections: Science * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This lesson is perfect for fall. If you’re into cross-curricular planning, you can couple it with a discussion about how and why leaves change colors. It’s a great...

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Aug 18, 2015

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4 Ways to Embrace Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

4 Ways to Embrace Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

    We need to stop–like right now, today, stop–looking at cell phones as a nuisance. In the hands of capable, responsible students, they are an instructional tool. It’s time to make the argument FOR cell phones in the classroom. When we teach and model responsible use, we are investing both in our students and in the tools they use the most. Cell phones...

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Aug 18, 2015

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The Perfect Kindergarten Project to Show Student G...

The Perfect Kindergarten Project to Show Student Growth

With the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, many of you have probably started to plan out your first lessons. One of my favorite first-day lessons for Kindergarten is not only super easy but lends itself quite well to showing student growth. Intriguing right? Make sure to check out the video below so you can breeze through that first day with Kindergarten without...

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Aug 17, 2015

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Is your Desk Ready for the School Year?

Is your Desk Ready for the School Year?

    There are some things that make a day feel like it is never going to end: hunger pains, allergy attacks, powerless technology. Before the school year starts, take a few minutes to check if your desk is ready to help you get through the day, no matter what it throws at you.   1. Stock The Snacks     There is a reason snacks are number one. Working in...

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Aug 16, 2015

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50+ Back-to-School Ideas for The Art Room

50+ Back-to-School Ideas for The Art Room

    Whether you’re entering your first year or your thirtieth, there’s always something new to learn. It’s what makes teaching so darn fun and exciting—there’s never a dull moment! Grab one of these 50+ ideas from our archives to get yourself inspired for another amazing year.   Advice If you are the only art teacher in your building, consider these...

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Aug 14, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 11: “Secrets of Back to Sc...

AOE LIVE: Episode 11: “Secrets of Back to School Success” with Janine Campbell

  Janine Campbell, an amazing middle level educator from Michigan whose classroom has won awards for STEAM education, student artwork, and digital innovation, joins AOE Live to share some of her secrets to back to school success. Janine, the 2015 NAEA Western Region Middle Level Educator of the Year, tells why she brings out clay on the first day, how to get your students...

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Aug 14, 2015

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Create a Syllabus That Your Students Will Actually...

Create a Syllabus That Your Students Will Actually Want to Read

    There is one thing that I always dread on the first day of school… explaining the class syllabus. There is something so mundane about reading a repetitive, lackluster document to your students. We should be celebrating the start of a new school year with a creative project, not painstakingly going over each SLO for the next semester. The truth is, so many of us...

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