May 14, 2015

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70 Children’s Books About Famous Artists

70 Children’s Books About Famous Artists

It’s no secret that here at AOE, we’re big proponents of bringing literature into the art room. What better way to jumpstart a lesson than with an engaging story? Today’s list has 70 children’s books that feature famous artists. Although most are written for grades K-6,  don’t let that stop you from using them in your secondary classroom! Sitting...

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May 13, 2015

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Debunking the 2 Most Common Myths About Flipped Te...

Debunking the 2 Most Common Myths About Flipped Teaching

Think you have too many obstacles to overcome in order to flip your classroom? Think again. When we released our Flipping the Art Room online grad class, we heard from many teachers that told us they couldn’t take it because they couldn’t guarantee that students would have access to technology at home. Sure, one way to flip a class is the narrow definition from...

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May 13, 2015

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Paul Klee Chalk Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Downlo...

Paul Klee Chalk Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: 3-5 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape and Color Art Skills: Drawing, Color Blending Art History: Paul Klee * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page   Impress, inspire, and invigorate your students with this chalk blending lesson. Your students will be in awe of the blended colors they’ve created with this Paul Klee inspired portrait. (And...

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May 12, 2015

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5 Ways to Cope with Feeling Overwhelmed

5 Ways to Cope with Feeling Overwhelmed

Talk to any educator and you often hear the word overwhelmed. Why? Put simply, we’re busy! When things get stressful at home and at work it can lead to a feeling of being extremely overwhelmed. When I feel overwhelmed, such as when I’m figuring out the logistics of assembling over a thousand SWAG boxes for an AOE Online Conference I try to quickly turn it around and take...

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May 12, 2015

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12 Important Things I Wish I Knew My First Year of...

12 Important Things I Wish I Knew My First Year of Teaching

As this school year winds down, I began reflecting back to my first year of teaching. I asked myself: -       What sorts of things dominated my thoughts, actions, and teaching? -       What is the same? -       How have I grown? -       What would I change? I decided to compile a list of advice.   Here are 12 important things I wish I could tell my...

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May 11, 2015

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Help Your Students Make A Difference By Making Art

Help Your Students Make A Difference By Making Art

    Do you want to do a service learning project with your students but don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed with all the choices? Do you secretly fear that the project will take up a significant part of your time or budget? If so, then I have a solution for you. While we were at NAEA, we were introduced to an organization called Students Rebuild. After...

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May 8, 2015

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Do Art Teachers Need to Be Artists?

Do Art Teachers Need to Be Artists?

When engaging in a conversation about careers, often the first question you will be asked after it is discovered that you are an art teacher is, “Do you exhibit your art?” There is an expectation that since we teach art, we must be artists. We either paint or sculpt and therefore we must have a body of work we display or sell. However, is this expectation realistic?...

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May 8, 2015

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Watercolor Ducks: Free Lesson Plan Download

Watercolor Ducks: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Shape Art Skills: Cutting, Gluing, Painting Making Connections: Literacy, Eric Carle * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page Any time a lesson involves sitting down in the art room to read a book to your students, it is worth a try! This fabulous warm weather lesson will have your students wanting to run out and...

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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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