May 7, 2015

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Video: The Easiest Way To Get Your Room Ready for ...

Video: The Easiest Way To Get Your Room Ready for Summer

Are you feeling stressed out by your ever-expanding “to-do” list that needs to be completed before summer break? Do you come in after school lets out just to prep your classroom for the following school year? Are you in need of a solution to help lessen your end-of-the-year load? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions then you’ll want to...

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May 7, 2015

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3 Key Lessons I’ve Learned From My Students

3 Key Lessons I’ve Learned From My Students

Editor’s Note: This article was written by one of our talented instructors, Theresa Gillespie. Today Theresa is talking about some of her best teachers, her AOE students!  Before I started teaching for AOE, I had a lot of preconceived notions about what it would be like. I imagined myself reading long, boring papers. I thought that I would have to work hard to get...

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May 6, 2015

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A “Genius” Way to End Your School Year

A “Genius” Way to End Your School Year

Facing the last lesson of the year is tough. You want your students engaged and learning right up to the last bell, but you also need time to assess their work. In the past, I have always used the last class as the “hand back all the artwork” class. The problem was that 3 kids were handing stuff out while 20+ kids were talking or wandering. Plus, there was always someone...

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May 5, 2015

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4 Engaging End of the Year Projects To Keep You Sa...

4 Engaging End of the Year Projects To Keep You Sane

The last few days of the school year always seem to be a chaotic rush. Classes are shortened for assemblies and field trips, students are distracted by the warm weather and teachers are trying to cram in every last bit of their remaining lesson plans. It can be tough to get through that last in-depth project. This year, I’ve decided…I will not fight the...

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May 4, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 5: “3 Keys to Take Your Te...

AOE LIVE: Episode 5: “3 Keys to Take Your Teaching to the Next Level” with the excellent Mr. E

  Ted Edinger of “Art With Mr. E” fame stops by the show to talk with the guys about all things art teaching–art shows, student teachers, developing your strengths as a teacher and improving upon your weaknesses. His insight into such a wide variety of topics–and his 3 Keys to Teaching–make this episode a must-listen! . WATCH NOW: Please note:...

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May 4, 2015

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Get Your Students to Listen with the “When-Then’ T...

Get Your Students to Listen with the “When-Then’ Technique

By the end of the year, students are immune to the sound of your voice. Getting them to listen to even the simplest direction can be difficult. Change up the way you talk to you students with the ‘When-Then’ management technique. Learn how in the video below!     Another thing to remember when using this technique is to stay calm and poised. Students can sense...

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May 4, 2015

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5 Simple Classroom Management Solutions for the H....

5 Simple Classroom Management Solutions for the H.S. Art Room

So much time is spent talking about high school pedagogy, student work, art shows, and everything else that comes with teaching older kids. Too often, though, we overlook (or are afraid to talk about) a huge aspect of teaching high school: Classroom Management. We went to the AOE Facebook Page to ask our readers for their questions about managing the high school art room. Here are...

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May 1, 2015

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The Top 10 Art Supplies I Can’t Live Without...

The Top 10 Art Supplies I Can’t Live Without in My Elementary Art Room

    My favorite time of the school year is the end of the year! No, it isn’t because summer break is in sight, although that is exciting. It’s because in May, everything comes full circle: the students have another year of art curriculum under their belts, there are lots of exciting end-of-the-year celebrations, and I feel like the holidays have come again...

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Apr 30, 2015

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A Winning Answer to a Common Interview Question

A Winning Answer to a Common Interview Question

You know they’re going to ask it, yet it’s such a loaded question, you’re not exactly sure how you’ll respond.   “Please describe your classroom management style.”   If this interview question has you running for the hills, have no fear. Today I’m going to tell you an answer that not only is something you’re already doing but sounds impressive to...

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Apr 30, 2015

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Oil Pastel Nature Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Downl...

Oil Pastel Nature Drawings: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Line, Color, Value Art Skills: Drawing, Color Mixing Art History: O’Keeffe * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page     Although the materials are nothing like that of real wax-resist batik, the look of this project is similar, with wide, flowing outlines that produce a stunning effect....

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Apr 29, 2015

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A Fun Formative Assessment Tool for All Grade Leve...

A Fun Formative Assessment Tool for All Grade Levels

I am often looking for fun and quick ways to use formative assessments in my classroom. Recently the music teacher at my school was telling me about an app called Plickers that helps him test his students for understanding. He gains quick insight into what the students are learning and the students think they are playing a game! Sounds pretty good, right?   Read on to find...

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Apr 28, 2015

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Why Ordering Paintbrushes with Plastic Handles is ...

Why Ordering Paintbrushes with Plastic Handles is a Smart Idea

I’ve personally had bad luck with wooden-handled paintbrushes. I have nothing against them. It is partly my fault — I am a soaker. I tend to soak paintbrushes all day long. Soaking is something I learned about in undergrad. The idea is you soak paintbrushes first to avoid a hardened mess at the end of the day. While soaking is a great materials management strategy (just wash...

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