May 28, 2014

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15 Ways to Communicate with Parents and Families

15 Ways to Communicate with Parents and Families

As summer approaches, there is no better time to begin, or perfect, your venues for communicating with parents, families, and the larger art ed world.  Devote some time this summer to explore your communication options.  Choose something that is enjoyable for YOU to keep up with, or revamp what you’re already doing to suit your scheduling, professional, and aesthetic needs. ...

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May 27, 2014

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Let’s Talk Classrooms!

Let’s Talk Classrooms!

The responses to our April Facebook request for a view from your desk were a hoot! You guys posted 122 photos and comments, giving us plenty of stops on a virtual art room tour. Thanks for keeping the conversations fun and lively! Let’s continue them today and take a deeper look at exactly what is going on in these places that are pretty much our second homes…   1....

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May 26, 2014

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When the Art History Carnival Comes to Town!

When the Art History Carnival Comes to Town!

As we near the end of the school year, the days are winding down, but our students are winding up. Working on a still life is out of the question when the kids can’t even sit still themselves. The sun is shinning, the temperature is rising and nobody wants to keep a seat warm. You need a project to keep your students entertained without compromising the information. It’s time...

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May 23, 2014

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The Clean-Up Routine That Transformed My Art Room

The Clean-Up Routine That Transformed My Art Room

It’s not news that at the end of the year, our routines and expectations begin to fall by the wayside. In fact, I recently had to review my most basic rules, as I noticed a decline in my students’ behavior and level of responsibility in the art room. They were even forgetting things like raising their hands!   If you’re in the same boat, I encourage you to continue to...

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May 22, 2014

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3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

If you are an education nerd like me, the Grant Wiggins article “Seven Keys to Effective Feedback” gets your wheels spinning! The piece, published in the September 2012 issue of Educational Leadership, always reminds me that although crafting good feedback takes time and thought, it is well worth the effort. Current research shows that useful feedback can have a deep...

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May 21, 2014

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Should the Art Room be Tech-Free?

Should the Art Room be Tech-Free?

The art room. The one last places in the school where hands-on activities are still prevalent. Yet, our discipline, like every other, is desperately trying to engage students using technology. For most of us, incorporating technology into the art room seems like a ‘no brainer.’ Students can create in new ways and it helps us prepare students for the world they live in. However,...

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May 21, 2014

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The Top 10 Art Supplies to Add to Your Order in 20...

The Top 10 Art Supplies to Add to Your Order in 2014

Like most art teachers, new art supplies make me happy. I secretly wonder if other art teachers had an obsession with art supplies when they were little like I did. I specifically remember getting my first box of glitter crayons and arranging my 64 pack in rainbow order. My heart skips a beat each fall when the custodian walks into my room pushing a dolly jam packed with new...

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May 20, 2014

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Find Your Alter Ego with the Ordering Personality ...

Find Your Alter Ego with the Ordering Personality Quiz

Today we’re taking you back to your teenage years with a quiz! No, you won’t find out which jeans are best for your body or if your boyfriend is going to dump you, but you WILL find out what kind of “Ordering Personality” you have. For example, are you more of a Spreadsheet Sally or a Resourceful Ralph? Take the quiz below to find out!     If you answered mostly...

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May 19, 2014

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Streamline Your Ordering Process with These 9 Tips

Streamline Your Ordering Process with These 9 Tips

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year again, ordering time! We’ll take a few days this week to tackle this tricky topic. Jessica starts us off with some great tips to make the entire process more manageable. Come back tomorrow and Wednesday for a revealing quiz and a list of the top supplies you must order for next year!   Ordering art supplies each year is...

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May 16, 2014

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A Fresh Perspective on Classroom Management

A Fresh Perspective on Classroom Management

I am willing to bet that even the most seasoned among us might be ready for some updated and refreshing management strategies. So what’s the new angle? Student engagement. Kids who are focused on and invested in the tasks you give them don’t have time to mess around. Below are four simple strategies to give your classroom management techniques a boost.     1....

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May 15, 2014

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Whimsical Coil Pots: Free Lesson Plan Download

Whimsical Coil Pots: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Basic Clay Techniques, Coil Pot Art History: Cultural Connections * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page My students consistently rate this as one of their favorite lessons of the entire school year. As a teacher, I love that I can connect it to a variety of different cultures while having students...

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May 14, 2014

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3 Must-Have Drawing Activities for Your Free Choic...

3 Must-Have Drawing Activities for Your Free Choice Center

  “We all have activities available for students that finish projects early, and I just know you’ll want to add these three ideas to your bag of tricks. Instead of “free time,” I like to think of this time as “opportunity time.” These three drawing games will help students make the most of every minute they spend in your room. Watch the video below to learn...

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