May 7, 2014

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Free Money For Your Classroom!

Free Money For Your Classroom!

When talking with art teachers about their biggest barriers to doing their best work, slim budgets come up every time. There are a ton of ways to look for extra money for your coolest projects, but fewer are easier or more hip than crowd funding.  Crowd funding is just a fancy term for using the web to find people to donate to your cause. One of the best platforms for this type of...

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May 6, 2014

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Great Giveaway: Attend the AOE Summer Conference f...

Great Giveaway: Attend the AOE Summer Conference for FREE!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Laura L. who is hoping to learn how others implement a choice-based curriculum! It’s Teacher Appreciation week! A week where you should feel loved, honored, and appreciated. I remember one Teacher Appreciation week at my school, the PTO put on a fun event for the entire staff, but FORGOT about the specials teachers. They were...

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May 5, 2014

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Treat Yo Self: 3 Ways to Celebrate YOU During Teac...

Treat Yo Self: 3 Ways to Celebrate YOU During Teacher Appreciation Week

    It’s Teacher Appreciation Week 2014!   Even though we are some of the most awesome teachers in our buildings, we sometimes get forgotten in lieu of classroom teachers during this special week.  But I have a solution for us! I’m a fan of the show Parks and Recreation.  Two of the main characters, “Donna” and “Tom,” take a day each year to celebrate...

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May 2, 2014

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New Ideas in Art: Text as an Element

New Ideas in Art: Text as an Element

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the third installment of our series New Ideas in Art. If you missed them, check out Ian’s previous articles Time as an Element and Perspective. This week, Ian tackles text. Come back next week for the conclusion!  This Week’s Theme: Text as an Element Although text is all around us, on magazine covers, cereal boxes, street signs and...

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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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