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,...

Aug 23, 2013

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20 Tips For Your 1st (or 10th!) Scho...

20 Tips For Your 1st (or 10th!) School Year

Editor’s Note: Today we welcome an exciting new addition to our writing...

Aug 9, 2013

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Out of Ice Breakers? Try a TASK Part...

Out of Ice Breakers? Try a TASK Party!

Editor’s Note: Today writer Sarah shares a fun ice breaker that can be done...

Aug 5, 2013

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Why did You Become an Art Teacher?

Why did You Become an Art Teacher?

There are a ton of reasons teaching art is ‘the best profession on...

Jul 29, 2013

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It’s Funny Because It’s True: 2 Vide...

It’s Funny Because It’s True: 2 Videos to Make you Laugh

Oh. My. Goodness. Have you seen Kid Snippets? It’s a relatively new YouTube...

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...

Oct 29, 2012

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Channel Your Inner Student to Become...

Channel Your Inner Student to Become a Better Teacher

I attend a daily kettlebell class at a local gym. I’m barely awake as I...

Sep 24, 2012

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The Initial Excitement of National B...

The Initial Excitement of National Board Candidacy

Last fall I went to a showing of the documentary Mitchel 20. This movie is...

Sep 5, 2012

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Why You Should NEVER Turn Down a Tre...

Why You Should NEVER Turn Down a Treat!

My cooperating teacher (way, way back when) told me NEVER to turn down a...

Aug 30, 2012

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Why You Should Find a Work Buddy, Pr...

Why You Should Find a Work Buddy, Pronto!

Studies have  shown that people who have at least one close friend at work...

Aug 29, 2012

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Home Sweet Art Room: Creating a Welc...

Home Sweet Art Room: Creating a Welcoming Environment

Although many students love art, some may still be shy about school in...

Jul 12, 2012

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How to Start Your Day off on the Wro...

How to Start Your Day off on the Wrong Foot

The alarm rings. (or baby cries)   You are awake. What is the first thing you...

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...

Apr 19, 2012

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50 Positive Reinforcements for the A...

50 Positive Reinforcements for the Art Room

These ideas are free. They don’t take much time. None of them involve...

Apr 13, 2012

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The Beauty Around You

The Beauty Around You

As Art Teachers, we lead hectic lives. Between memorizing hundreds of...

Jan 5, 2012

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Getting a “Yes”

Getting a “Yes”

Do you have an idea that you think is amazing and want to see it implemented...

Nov 30, 2011

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Why Creative People Need to Write

Why Creative People Need to Write

Creativity and writing are closely linked. I am not talking about...

Nov 16, 2011

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How to Cope When your Management Pla...

How to Cope When your Management Plan Fails

I pride myself on my classroom management. Maybe not always success with my...

Aug 3, 2011

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Are you Dreading a New School Year?

Are you Dreading a New School Year?

For teachers, the coming of a new school year can bring mixed emotions. For...

Jun 18, 2011

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Why I Don’t Teach Kids in the ...

Why I Don’t Teach Kids in the Summer

Teach kids in the summer?  Are you crazy-people?  I have friends and...

Jun 16, 2011

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A Year Ago… Writing Your Missi...

A Year Ago… Writing Your Mission Statement

I thought it would be fun every once and awhile to dig back into the archives...

Jun 14, 2011

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How to Recognize a Talented Student

How to Recognize a Talented Student

For a long time now, I have wanted to recognize the students in my art room...

Mar 21, 2011

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The Art of: Getting What You Want

The Art of: Getting What You Want

As art teachers, we all know an “art” doesn’t always have to...