May 1, 2014

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Need a Quick Pep Talk?

Need a Quick Pep Talk?

The end of the school year can be a crazy time!  Take a minute, or a few, to watch this video from Kid President.  These few minutes are perfect for re-centering your thinking and priorities, laughing a little, and reminding yourself about the awesome things in life…like corn dogs.     Some of my favorite quotes:  “Laughing’s the best!” “Some days your kite...

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Apr 30, 2014

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5 Conference Presentations Announced!

5 Conference Presentations Announced!

The Summer AOE Online Conference is a few months away, and that means it’s time to start releasing some of our excellent presenters and presentation topics! Here are five presenters and topics we just added to the conference page. Keep checking back, as we will add new presentations weekly (and even more surprises) leading up to the big day!   Giving Feedback in the...

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Apr 30, 2014

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What to do With Unavoidable Nudes

What to do With Unavoidable Nudes

  Last fall, Alecia wrote thoughtfully about whether or not to censor art for students. When reading through the excellent resulting discussion, I noticed that a lot of us take students outside of the school to experience art. On these kinds of trips, we don’t always have control over what our students do and do not see. For example, this time of year I usually take fourth...

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Apr 29, 2014

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Find the Right Venue for Art Show Success

Find the Right Venue for Art Show Success

Are you putting up an art show this spring? Chances are, the answer is yes. Whether big or small, displaying artwork is an important component of a strong art program. Have you ever thought about how the venue of your art show impacts the success of the show? For many, options are limited to the confines of the school building. Teachers display in the hallways, gym, or library, and...

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Apr 28, 2014

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12 Things Every Art Teacher Needs to Know About Sc...

12 Things Every Art Teacher Needs to Know About Scoring a Job

  Education job-hunting season is open! Whether you’re looking for your first position, or your next one, here are 12 things to consider when trying to land that dream position. 1. Network: If “network” is too informal and scary, see it as making connections with other educators and those in the education world.  You never know who may “know” someone! 2. Check...

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Apr 25, 2014

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New Ideas in Art: Perspective

New Ideas in Art: Perspective

Editor’s Note: Last week, we brought you the first article in a series we’re calling New Ideas in Art, in which AOE writer Ian talked about using time as an element. Read on to see what fresh idea Ian is talking about this week.  This Week’s Theme: Perspective When we think of perspective in traditional terms, we are most likely to associate it with the concept...

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Apr 24, 2014

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Can You Really Do TAB With High School Students?

Can You Really Do TAB With High School Students?

At the NAEA Conference this year, there were a fair amount of sessions on Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) and student choice. TAB has been around for many years and there are a number of teachers practicing it, especially at the elementary level. If you’re not familiar with TAB, the set up at the elementary level works as such. The art room is designed to offer the...

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Apr 23, 2014

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The Benefits of Limiting Choices in Choice-Based A...

The Benefits of Limiting Choices in Choice-Based Art Education

Since implementation of the Choice-Based Art curriculum known as TAB, student achievement, engagement and learning have drastically increased in my classroom. Students have more ownership in their art projects, and therefore, they are more on task and engaged as they create. Initially, however, when I implemented TAB, I gave students a lot of choice, too much choice. I allowed them...

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Apr 22, 2014

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Set Up Your TAB Room in 7 Easy Steps

Set Up Your TAB Room in 7 Easy Steps

Yesterday, I shared the reasons why I chose to teach a Choice-Based art curriculum known as Teaching for Artistic Behavior or TAB. You know why I changed my curriculum, and today I’m going to tell you how my room changed with it. Changing your curriculum and/or teaching philosophy can be overwhelming, and at times, you might not know where to begin. If you’re interested in...

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Apr 21, 2014

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Why I Changed to a Choice-Based Art Curriculum

Why I Changed to a Choice-Based Art Curriculum

Editor’s Note: This week we’re taking a few days to talk about Choice-Based Art Education. Sometimes referred to as TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior), Choice-Based learning has taken off in art rooms across the country. As with all differences in teaching philosophies, it has also sparked some debate among art teachers. Two of our writers, Cassidy and Ian, have...

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Apr 18, 2014

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New Ideas in Art: Time as an Element

New Ideas in Art: Time as an Element

We often explore traditional elements and principles in our classes, however, there are many new postmodern and contemporary themes that are overlooked. Over the next several weeks, this series will delve into these contemporary art principles and provide ideas for students to examine these new ideas. This Week’s Theme: Time as an Element When we consider time in traditional...

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Apr 17, 2014

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AOE Summer Conference Announced!

AOE Summer Conference Announced!

It’s that time of the year again! AOE just announced the date of our Summer 2014 Online Conference, which will be held on July 17th, 2014. If you’ve participated in the past, you know this is an event jam packed with ideas, information, and your exclusive chance to see some of your favorite art ed gurus, bloggers and experts in the field inspire you through their...

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