Sep 25, 2014

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Transform the Beginning of Your Clas...

Transform the Beginning of Your Class Period With a Simple Whiteboard

My first year of teaching I struggled with students entering the art room in a...

Sep 12, 2014

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How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergar...

How to Do Paper Maché with Kindergarten

Paper maché with young students can quickly become a living nightmare in the...

Sep 2, 2014

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When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gu...

When, If Ever, Is It OK To Draw A Gun?

A seven year old boy chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. He...

Aug 20, 2014

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5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Manage...

5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Management Issues Later

We always have great intentions at the beginning of the year to communicate...

Aug 19, 2014

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The Best Classroom Management Strate...

The Best Classroom Management Strategies I Never Follow

It’s back to school and along with ordering supplies and setting up the...

Aug 18, 2014

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How to Introduce your Classroom Mana...

How to Introduce your Classroom Management Plan

Editor’s Note: Last week, we tackled Back-to-School with some...

Aug 18, 2014

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An Easy Method to Set Consistent Exp...

An Easy Method to Set Consistent Expectations Across Specials

When I entered my first classroom it was apparent that classroom expectations...

Jul 30, 2014

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The Best Games to Play in Line

The Best Games to Play in Line

Chew on this: if we line our students up with 3 minutes before the end of...

Jul 22, 2014

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Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways ...

Ditch the Trinkets: 5 Creative Ways to Reward Students

You can read arguments from both camps on the extrinsic vs. intrinsic...

Jul 18, 2014

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You DO Like Answering the Same Quest...

You DO Like Answering the Same Question for the 100th Time

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, each Friday in July we’re...

Jul 9, 2014

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Would You Let an Unenrolled Student ...

Would You Let an Unenrolled Student Stay in Your Class?

There is a scene in my all time favorite movie, Mean Girls, where the Math...

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...

Jun 9, 2014

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Best Behavior BINGO: Free Download

Best Behavior BINGO: Free Download

Games are a classic student motivator, so what could be better than a...

Jun 6, 2014

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Why I Pick My Battles in the Art Roo...

Why I Pick My Battles in the Art Room Wisely

  With the extremely cold and long winter we had this year, it seemed...

May 23, 2014

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The Clean-Up Routine That Transforme...

The Clean-Up Routine That Transformed My Art Room

It’s not news that at the end of the year, our routines and expectations...

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 almost...

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...