Jun 2, 2015

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Will I “Flip” Myself Out of a Job?

Will I “Flip” Myself Out of a Job?

  Today we welcome a guest post by art educator Johanna Russell who is a self-proclaimed “Flipper” (an art teacher who runs a flipped classroom) as well as one of AOE’s newest instructors specializing in flipped teaching. Today she will be discussing another concern about moving to a flipped model – flipping yourself out a job! Thanks for joining us...

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Jun 1, 2015

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5 Simple Strategies to Keep Sharing Time Under Con...

5 Simple Strategies to Keep Sharing Time Under Control

    Picture this: You have 45 minutes to get through a first-grade lesson about color mixing. You’ve got an awesome introductory activity planned on the rug including a super-cool, interactive whiteboard game and your favorite color mixing book. The students file in, have a seat, and before you can say anything, a little guy raises his hand… “Guess what!? My...

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Jun 1, 2015

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Symmetrical Paper Masks: Free Lesson Plan Download

Symmetrical Paper Masks: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Form Art Skills: Symmetry, 3D paper sculpture Art History: Masks   * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   In order to do this lesson, you’ll want a copy of the DVD Maskmaking with Paper by Peggy Flores. This is one of the ONLY videos I used in my art room. It’s great. You can...

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May 29, 2015

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Learn from John Post, Laura Lohman and Molly Wiste...

Learn from John Post, Laura Lohman and Molly Wiste at the AOE Summer Conference

Three new presentations were just announced for the AOE Summer 2015 Online Conference. They are pioneers in the field of art education, doing some great things for the profession! If you read the recent interview with John Post on kiln safety, you will find this to be an excellent supplement to his presentation on using your kiln (and not blowing things up!) Also, take a peek at...

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May 29, 2015

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Everything You Need to Create a Living Museum in t...

Everything You Need to Create a Living Museum in the Art Room

I always strive to make art history connections in my lessons, but I was stumped as I worked to design my fifth-grade curriculum last year. I wondered: - How and what can motivate my students to learn more about art history? - What could we do to make art history hands-on and fun?   I had seen living museums done as history projects before. I thought, why not have my...

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May 28, 2015

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AOE LIVE: Episode 7: “Finding Your Sweet Spo...

AOE LIVE: Episode 7: “Finding Your Sweet Spot at Home and at Work” with AOE Founder Jessica Balsley

  Tim and Andrew were joined by founder of AOE, Jessica Balsley, as they get the inside scoop on what it’s like behind the scenes of The Art of Education, how we are juggling a teaching career and life and why Jessica is debunking that work-life balance myth. Jessica lets us in on how we can make peace with this never ending struggle. We had a great conversation about...

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May 28, 2015

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2 Essential Kiln Checklists to Keep Your Art Room ...

2 Essential Kiln Checklists to Keep Your Art Room Safe

    Have you ever had a kiln catastrophe? During my first year of teaching, my students and I partnered with a local artist to create a few clay tile installations for the new Children’s Museum in Madison, WI. Talk about pressure! Although I made it through creating, drying and bisque firing the tiles without incident, when it came to glaze firing, something went...

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May 28, 2015

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Clay Self-Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Clay Self-Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Form Art Skills: Observation, Clay Techniques Art History: Self-Portraits * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   This lesson makes a fantastic introduction to basic clay terms and techniques for your youngest students. It’s also a great way to introduce the concept of three-dimensional work if...

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May 27, 2015

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Art Teachers Confess: Artists We Can’t Stand

Art Teachers Confess: Artists We Can’t Stand

It is widely accepted that Picasso, one of the greatest artists of all time, made 30,000 works in his lifetime. I like exactly 4 of them. I wish I liked his work. I really do. I wish I could talk passionately about it when I present it to my kids and believe what I was saying about why people love his stuff. But I just can’t do it. Yes, he broke from convention, started new art...

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May 27, 2015

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10 Ways to Get Summer Break Started Off on the Rig...

10 Ways to Get Summer Break Started Off on the Right Foot

Summer is almost upon us! Although it’s tough to stay motivated if you start thinking about summer too soon, I think we’re officially in the “safe zone.” In fact, some of you have already finished the school year (congrats, you made it!). Today, the AOE team I want to bring you 10 ways to spice up your summer plans. Some of them are art-related, some of them will...

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May 26, 2015

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Genius Tricks to Transform 7 Common Art Room Lefto...

Genius Tricks to Transform 7 Common Art Room Leftovers

At the end of the year, I always find my classroom supply closets full of busted and worn-out supplies. I used to get frustrated with the spent materials and just toss them, not taking the time to repurpose them into useable media for the next school year. With a little extra time (or with some student help), you can revamp your old supplies into new materials to use next...

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May 25, 2015

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6 Simple Ways to Breathe New Life Into Tired Lesso...

6 Simple Ways to Breathe New Life Into Tired Lessons

Have you seen those TV shows where they take an old, outdated house and rehab it? The end result is always gorgeous! The other day I got to thinking, “Why can’t we do the same thing with our old, outdated lesson plans?” We all have them: the good ones that the kids love, hit the standards and are fun to teach… but they need a little something new.   Here are...

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