Jun 30, 2014

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Can a TAB Classroom Coexist in a World with Report...

Can a TAB Classroom Coexist in a World with Report Cards?

Assessing art is subjective, personal and can be difficult for many art teachers. Deciding what to grade, how to grade, and if you should grade can be a nightmare and take up hours and hours of time. Given the added stress and pressure from administration to show student growth through assessments, the thought of switching your teaching philosophy to a choice based art curriculum...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Summer Conference Schedule Released

Summer Conference Schedule Released

The AOE Online Conference is only a few weeks away! Today, we’re releasing the official conference schedule so you can review all of the great presentations and begin to plan your day! All of the times below are based on Central Time (CST, GMT-6). The Conference begins on Thursday, July 17th, at 10:00am CST (11:00EST, 9:00MST, 8:00PST) and ends around 3:00pm CST...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

There is a lot to be said for small paintings or drawings. They are less intimidating, they can be completed in a short class period, and storing them is a cinch. On the other hand, working big can turn a simple art making task into an academic challenge for your students. The trouble is, most kids naturally work small. How many times have you given out a 12″ x 18″...

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Jun 27, 2014

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Do You Play Music in the Art Room?

Do You Play Music in the Art Room?

Today I’d like to discuss the topic of playing music in the art room while your students work. In my opinion, silence is best for concentration and productivity. The reality is, however, many art rooms are far from silent. My art room is bustling with commotion, filled with students talking, collaborating, sharing, and helping each other. Since silence isn’t the norm, and sound...

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Jun 26, 2014

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Explore the World’s Greatest Art in Your Und...

Explore the World’s Greatest Art in Your Underwear

Yesterday, I challenged you to visit at least one museum this summer. Maybe a visit to an art museum isn’t a reality for you. What if I showed you how you can walk the halls of multiple art museums this summer in the comfort of your own home?   I’d like to introduce you to Google Cultural Institute.     Google Cultural Institute allows you to “explore art...

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Jun 25, 2014

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The AOE Museum Challenge: Enter to Win BIG!

The AOE Museum Challenge: Enter to Win BIG!

As a sophomore in college, my major was elementary education until half way through my first art class, art history. During this class, I realized I could no longer deny my love for art. Learning about famous art that people across the world had created tens, hundreds, and even thousands of years ago was utterly fascinating. I spent the rest of my college career taking as many art...

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Jun 24, 2014

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A Simple Outline for Connecting with Your Local Mu...

A Simple Outline for Connecting with Your Local Museum

Editor’s Note: We’re taking the next few days to talk all about museums. Be sure to come back tomorrow for a fun contest where you could win a fabulous prize! Sarah starts us off with some fantastic tips for tapping into your local resources.       Taking a trip to your local museum or art center can be an enriching experience for students and teachers...

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Jun 23, 2014

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The Most Influential DUDES in Art Ed

The Most Influential DUDES in Art Ed

If you walk around an art ed conference, you will surely notice that women outnumber men about 100 to one. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad, but men are certainly outnumbered in our profession. I have to admit, sometimes I feel for these guys, trying to stand out in a world of colorful ladies. Somehow, someway they manage. In fact, most of the male art teachers I’ve ever met...

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Jun 20, 2014

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Take PLC Matters Into Your Own Hands! Create an Ar...

Take PLC Matters Into Your Own Hands! Create an Art Ed Co-Op

At the Winter AOE Conference I presented a session on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). There was a lot of conversation around the lack of opportunity for art teachers to participate in any real community-building in their school districts. In some places, art teachers met with their building co-workers, in other places, they were completely excluded, and in many places,...

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Jun 19, 2014

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Video: Organize Your Classroom Library with Inexpe...

Video: Organize Your Classroom Library with Inexpensive Stickers

As you may know, I love using books in my classroom (Check out my two lists of recommendations here and here!).  Literature can add so much to art lessons, including helping students learn and recall new concepts.  In the video below, I share how you can organize your classroom library into a system that your students can easily learn and utilize!       What does...

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Jun 19, 2014

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Rainbow Cities: Free Lesson Plan Download

Rainbow Cities: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan Art Elements: Color Art Skills: Painting, Cutting, Gluing Making Connections: Science: What makes a rainbow? * Get more free lessons like this, on our Lessons Page What’s better than painting a rainbow? Painting a rainbow city! This lesson is a hit with young students. Not only do they get to mix paint, they get to use their imaginations...

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Jun 18, 2014

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To Clean, or Not to Clean? That is the question.

To Clean, or Not to Clean? That is the question.

  At the end of the school year, I get antsy to clear out work and old supplies and prep my room for its long break over summer. In the past, I’ve had the entire summer to get these tasks done and organize my room. This year, however, I’ll have limited access due to renovations. I’ll be unable to get into my room until right before school starts. Yikes!...

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