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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Aug 13, 2015

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Start the Year Off with a Classroom Mantra

Start the Year Off with a Classroom Mantra

    As the school year gets started, I can easily lose myself in a long list of things I’d like to improve upon from the previous year. Think academic New Year’s resolutions: be more organized, plan out lessons further in advance, get students to take more responsibility and clean the room better. I could go on like this for days. I’d finish with such an...

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Aug 12, 2015

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The Easiest Way to Teach Routines

The Easiest Way to Teach Routines

Do you find it cumbersome to teach your routines over and over, year after year? Are you and your students bored as you cover this essential information? Why not make those first days fun and engaging by creating a video scavenger hunt? A few weeks before the school year began, I went into my room to take photos and record videos. I chose to photograph specific areas...

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Aug 11, 2015

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before this School Yea...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before this School Year Starts

In the minds of teachers, August can only mean one thing… another school year is starting. If you are like me, that means your mind is running 100 miles per hour trying to figure out how you will finish up all your summer projects and get all of your school stuff ready. The start of the year can be daunting, so here are some questions to ask yourself to guide your planning....

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Aug 11, 2015

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Multi-Media Still Lifes: Free Lesson Plan Download

Multi-Media Still Lifes: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Space, Value Art Skills: Drawing, Painting, Composition Art History: Still Life   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page This lesson is a great way to infuse more choice into your classroom. Letting students independently choose materials based on their artistic visions is an easy way to begin the...

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Aug 10, 2015

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Go Ahead! Show a Video on the First Day of School

Go Ahead! Show a Video on the First Day of School

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Back-to-School week on AOE! Whether you’ve already started or have a few weeks of vacation left, you’re sure to find something helpful. Today, Tim and Jennifer get us started with two engaging activities to help the students get to know you on day one.    If there is one thing I have learned in all my years of teaching, it is that...

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