May 28, 2014

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15 Ways to Communicate with Parents ...

15 Ways to Communicate with Parents and Families

As summer approaches, there is no better time to begin, or perfect, your...

Nov 6, 2013

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Promote Your Class With Video

Promote Your Class With Video

Videos are a great way to advocate for your class. Whether it is a highlight...

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 11, 2013

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Using Artsonia Artist Statements to ...

Using Artsonia Artist Statements to Promote Literacy in the Art Room

Are you looking for a new way to assess students in the art room, implement...

Sep 5, 2013

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Tweet Tweet! 8 Reasons You Need an A...

Tweet Tweet! 8 Reasons You Need an Art Room Twitter

Twitter is one of the most popular and widely used social network websites...

Sep 3, 2013

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My PLC Just Formed… Now What?

My PLC Just Formed… Now What?

“PLC” (Personal Learning Community) has become a popular...

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...

Jul 19, 2013

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From Rigor to Vigor! Changing the Wa...

From Rigor to Vigor! Changing the Way We Talk About the Arts

After some in-depth study of arts leadership at the Turnaround Arts Leadership...

Jul 16, 2013

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Developing Empathy in the Art Room

Developing Empathy in the Art Room

The 2012-2013 school year was littered with unfortunate events.  Incidents...

Jul 9, 2013

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3 Ways to Inspire Students Over the ...

3 Ways to Inspire Students Over the Summer

It is my hope that when students leave the art room at the end of the year,...

Feb 28, 2013

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Cut Your Losses: When Art Projects F...

Cut Your Losses: When Art Projects Flop

We’ve all been there with our own personal projects a time or two: that...

Jan 16, 2013

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Use One Word to Correct Any Student ...

Use One Word to Correct Any Student Behavior

This time of year, you may  notice students becoming immune to the sound of...

Nov 13, 2012

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How to Organize an Art Club Field Tr...

How to Organize an Art Club Field Trip

Learning about famous artwork has always been interesting to me, but this...

Nov 9, 2012

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Using a Facebook Fan Page to Engage ...

Using a Facebook Fan Page to Engage Parents

There are so many ways to promote our student’s art creations with...

Nov 6, 2012

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Making Student-led Conferences Work ...

Making Student-led Conferences Work in the Art Room

Yesterday I wrote about connecting with parents at conferences. Today I want...

Sep 25, 2012

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The “You Matter” Art Pro...

The “You Matter” Art Project

Sometimes it can be difficult to find that perfect project to start your...

Sep 12, 2012

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Insider Tips for Getting Great Subs ...

Insider Tips for Getting Great Subs (and What to Do to Keep Them Coming Back)

Being away from your room is difficult. Sometimes I’d rather come in sick...

Sep 10, 2012

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Creating a Substitute Teacher Folder...

Creating a Substitute Teacher Folder for Your Art Room

Do you have your substitute teacher plans ready to go this school year? Often...

Aug 23, 2012

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Donations: When Your Art Room Become...

Donations: When Your Art Room Becomes a Dumping Ground

Every year I can expect a box to appear in my room. The secretary brings it...

May 29, 2012

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Why Some Kids Don’t Look Forwa...

Why Some Kids Don’t Look Forward to Summer

If you are noticing strange behaviors in your students as the end of school...

May 8, 2012

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Late Again? Coping with Tardy Teache...

Late Again? Coping with Tardy Teachers

Art Teacher Pet Peeve: Teachers are late dropping off and picking up their...

Apr 30, 2012

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Gaining Support From Classroom Teach...

Gaining Support From Classroom Teachers

Do classroom teachers support your efforts in the art room? I have a story to...

Apr 11, 2012

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How to Welcome Students in a Respect...

I was told in an art education methods course in college not to use the phrase...

Mar 10, 2012

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Introducing the AOE Community

Introducing the AOE Community

One of the most important assets you can have as an Art Teacher is a great way...