Aug 13, 2014

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How to Store Art and Stay Sane

How to Store Art and Stay Sane

  There comes a time in every artist’s life when she has to answer one of the biggest questions of her art career:  “Where am I going to store all this artwork?”  Multiply that question by 500, add a few exclamation points, and you will have some idea of where I was at, as I tried to solve an art storage problem that we have all faced at one point or another. When...

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Aug 12, 2014

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Get to School 10 Minutes Early to Save Your Sanity

Get to School 10 Minutes Early to Save Your Sanity

  I will be the first to admit that I used to be late to ALMOST EVERYTHING. It was a nasty habit, as I was judging my time poorly. Not only was it disrespectful of others’ time, but I would arrive places feeling rushed, guilty and annoyed at myself. If I was late to school, I felt like I could never catch-up during the day. This led to one of my other time issues, staying...

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Aug 12, 2014

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The Best Way to Store Small Supplies

The Best Way to Store Small Supplies

Many of my most-used supplies are stored right on student work tables. But what about all of the other great supplies in the art room? Colored pencils, oil pastels, crayons and other small items present a unique challenge. It takes only one class period for students to destroy the boxes they come in, but if you put them all together in one bin, passing them out is a nightmare....

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Aug 11, 2014

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How to Prepare for Any School Emergency

How to Prepare for Any School Emergency

Editor’s Note: Well, there’s no denying it. It’s definitely “Back to School Time!” We’re going to take a few days this week to talk organization. Sarah starts us off with a great checklist to make sure you’re organized for any emergency situation. We can’t possibly prepare for every single situation that might arise in our...

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Aug 8, 2014

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50 Ways to Make Art Class a Valued Part of Your Co...

50 Ways to Make Art Class a Valued Part of Your Community

Advocating for the arts doesn’t have to be scary. Although speaking at school board meetings and setting up appointments with your administrators are wonderful things to do, there are more subtle ways that I think work even better. Making art an indispensable part of your school and wider community is an excellent way to make sure your program sticks around, especially as...

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Aug 7, 2014

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How to Throw Things at Your Students (and Get Away...

How to Throw Things at Your Students (and Get Away With It!)

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome another new member of the writing team, Tim! He has an amazing drawing lesson for you today. For more on Tim, check out the About page.       If I ever get fired from my job, it will probably because of this project. It’s far and away my favorite project I teach every year. It’s unique, it’s a LOT of fun, and it...

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Aug 6, 2014

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A New Twist on “Memory” Makes the Perf...

A New Twist on “Memory” Makes the Perfect Art Room Center

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome one of AOE’s newest writers, Jen. Be sure to read about her on the About page and give her a warm welcome!   I love going to lunch with my fellow teachers. In my world, you can’t go wrong with a pizza, Dr. Pepper, and friends surrounding you. This was the scene right before I started my second year of teaching. I had...

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Aug 5, 2014

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Introducing the Newest Members of the AOE Writing ...

Introducing the Newest Members of the AOE Writing Team!

Hello AOE readers! Today I’d love to introduce two new members of the AOE writing team, Jen Borel and Tim Bogatz. We are thrilled to have them on board. In addition, our writer Cassidy Reinken has decided to pursue other passions. We wish Cassidy the best of luck and look forward to what Jen and Tim have in store for us. Read on for a personal note from...

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Aug 5, 2014

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Use Learning Targets to Keep Your Teaching On Trac...

Use Learning Targets to Keep Your Teaching On Track

In the video below you’ll hear about my learning targets board.  It is an integral component in my day-to-day teaching and planning. I take the objectives for each project and turn them into “I can” statements to display for the students. The learning targets board emphasizes vocabulary, key processes, and techniques and skills that I would like the students to...

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Aug 4, 2014

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Kick Off the School Year with an Art-Inspired Musi...

Kick Off the School Year with an Art-Inspired Music Video!

Editor’s Note: Back to school already? How can that be!? It seems like every year “Back-to-School” comes earlier and earlier. Have no fear! We’re going to be easing you into things this week with a few back-to-school posts, and then start hitting organization and classroom management in the weeks to come. You won’t want to miss what our writers...

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Aug 1, 2014

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You Do Like Staff Meetings!

You Do Like Staff Meetings!

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the final installment of You DO, where AOE writers bring you the bright side of issues that are usually seen as less-than-pleasant. If you missed the previous installments, check out You DO like Making Posters for Others, You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 100th Time and You DO Like Recess Duty. Today Ian will argue that yes, you...

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Jul 31, 2014

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Make Passing Out Supplies a Breeze With This Simpl...

Make Passing Out Supplies a Breeze With This Simple Tip

As we approach the beginning of the school year, you may be thinking about how to pass out supplies in your room this year. Perhaps you have a tried and true method that works well, or maybe you’re looking for something new. In the video below, I’ll tell you about a hybrid method of passing out supplies that has worked wonders for me.     Tell  us, how do...

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