Feb 18, 2014

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7 Successful Strategies for Managing...

7 Successful Strategies for Managing Middle Schoolers

When people learn I teach middle school art, the response I frequently hear...

Feb 6, 2014

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A Faster Way to Get Ready For Art Cl...

A Faster Way to Get Ready For Art Class

Recently something spectacular happened in one of my first grade art classes,...

Jan 24, 2014

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Do You Know the “Classroom Man...

Do You Know the “Classroom Management Secret?” – Book Review

Classroom management isn’t going away. No matter how many years...

Jan 7, 2014

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Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Lear...

Dip Your Toes Into Choice-Based Learning

  Art teachers run their classrooms on a spectrum from total control to...

Dec 19, 2013

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A Visual to Help Students from Wande...

A Visual to Help Students from Wandering in the Art Studio

It never fails. There is always one student in each of my classes who seems to...

Dec 17, 2013

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An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

An Easier Way to Assign New Seats

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just make one set of seating charts and use...

Dec 11, 2013

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The Hardest Student I Never Taught: ...

The Hardest Student I Never Taught: Have A Day

Before receiving my certification in visual arts, I worked for several years...

Nov 18, 2013

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Are “Problem” Students Really a Prob...

Are “Problem” Students Really a Problem?

  As art teachers, we have a unique perspective on student behavior,...

Nov 11, 2013

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5 Secrets for Managing the Mess of P...

5 Secrets for Managing the Mess of Printmaking

Are you interested in printmaking but fearful of the mess?  Does the thought...

Nov 4, 2013

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Using Humor to Bounce Back From a Mi...

Using Humor to Bounce Back From a Mistake

As art teachers, we spend countless hours creating, posting, repeating, and...

Oct 31, 2013

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Why Centers Make the Perfect Sub Pla...

Why Centers Make the Perfect Sub Plans

Yep, I’ve done it. I’ve come back into school to prep and write sub plans...

Oct 3, 2013

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The Plight of the Automatic Paper To...

The Plight of the Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser

Has your art room been infected? If it has, you know the symptoms:  the red...

Oct 1, 2013

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Making Conversation a Cornerstone in...

Making Conversation a Cornerstone in the Art Classroom

I know that getting kids to talk to each other about their art and the...

Sep 27, 2013

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Video: How to Create and Use a Pictu...

Video: How to Create and Use a Picture Schedule in your Art Room

You may have seen your special education teacher use a picture schedule to...

Sep 18, 2013

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Learn Student Names Quickly with Nam...

Learn Student Names Quickly with Name Tents

When you see hundreds of students in a week, have a new roster every 7 weeks,...

Aug 28, 2013

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How to Manage Your Crazy Kindergarte...

How to Manage Your Crazy Kindergarteners at the End of Art Class

Clean up in the art room is always chaotic, but during Kindergarten or 1st...

Aug 22, 2013

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Essential Tips to Help Your Students...

Essential Tips to Help Your Students Enter the Classroom Quietly

The first few weeks of school are a great time to start new structures and...

Aug 21, 2013

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3 Keys to Creating a Successful, Pos...

3 Keys to Creating a Successful, Positive Behavior System

Hand stamps? Class charts? Treasure boxes? Over the years, I’ve gone back...

Aug 15, 2013

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Survey Says…Student Inventorie...

Survey Says…Student Inventories Are a Hit!

Does getting to know your students at the beginning of the year feel...

Aug 14, 2013

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Sick of Teaching the Rules? Make a V...

Sick of Teaching the Rules? Make a Video!

During the first few weeks of school, one of the most important things you...

Jul 22, 2013

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Letting Students Choose Materials: D...

Letting Students Choose Materials: Do You Dare?

I saw a tweet that read, “The job of the artist is to have an idea and find...

Jul 18, 2013

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Would you Bribe Your Students for th...

Would you Bribe Your Students for the Sake of a Sub?

Recently, I was lucky enough to travel with my husband on a business trip....

Jun 25, 2013

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3 Tips for Weaving with Young Studen...

3 Tips for Weaving with Young Students

I love teaching students to weave, but it has taken me a few years to really...

Jun 19, 2013

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An Easy Alternative to a Bathroom Pa...

An Easy Alternative to a Bathroom Pass

If your bathroom pass was a crumpled, germ infested,...