Aug 11, 2014

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How to Prepare for Any School Emerge...

How to Prepare for Any School Emergency

Editor’s Note: Well, there’s no denying it. It’s...

Jul 8, 2014

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15 Things Nobody Tells You About Bec...

15 Things Nobody Tells You About Becoming an Art Teacher

We all know there are unknowns with any career path we choose. How we handle...

Jun 27, 2014

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Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGG...

Who Else Wants Students to Work BIGGER?

There is a lot to be said for small paintings or drawings. They are less...

May 22, 2014

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3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedbac...

3 Keys to Effective Art Room Feedback

If you are an education nerd like me, the Grant Wiggins article “Seven...

Apr 14, 2014

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10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Ar...

10 Things to Stop Doing Now as an Art Teacher

You are accustomed to people adding things to your plate. You probably feel...

Apr 1, 2014

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The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs T...

The Top 10 Lessons From Steve Jobs That Every Art Teacher Must Learn

As an Apple fan, I have always been interested in how Steve Jobs created a...

Mar 26, 2014

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5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

5 Ways to Freshen Up a Still Life

Still lives are a staple of art education, but, boy, can they get boring in a...

Mar 24, 2014

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Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways t...

Forget the Apps! 5 Innovative Ways to Create on the iPad

What’s the first question you ask when you see something done on an...

Mar 18, 2014

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10 Creative Critiques to Try This Sc...

10 Creative Critiques to Try This School Year

Many of us might cringe thinking back to our days of college art critiques. A...

Mar 13, 2014

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Help Your Students Meet Their Potent...

Help Your Students Meet Their Potential with a Materials Workshop Day

I often think about how little time we get to spend with our students. In...

Mar 7, 2014

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Video: Plan Ahead to Ensure the Hall...

Do you feel embarrassed by the poor, bare walls in your school during the...

Feb 27, 2014

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How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase ...

How To Use Brain Breaks to Increase Student Productivity

Do you ever get so involved in an activity that you forget to take a break? I...

Feb 24, 2014

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7 Surefire Ways to Send Home Artwork...

7 Surefire Ways to Send Home Artwork Safely

Your students make amazing pieces of art. The artwork is displayed beautifully...

Jan 17, 2014

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Turn Your Sketchbooks into Multipurp...

Turn Your Sketchbooks into Multipurpose Learning Tools

Within my district, the elementary level art students are each provided a...

Jan 8, 2014

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Do Students Need to Plan?

Do Students Need to Plan?

As a former project manager, I understand fully the importance of the phases...

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 3, 2013

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10 Tips For a Successful Peer Observ...

10 Tips For a Successful Peer Observation

Peer observations can be one of the most beneficial professional development...

Nov 27, 2013

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Simplify Your Life: Do a Task a Day!

Simplify Your Life: Do a Task a Day!

As teachers, our to-do lists never seem to shrink. We have a jam packed...

Nov 8, 2013

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Four Ways to Steal Like an Art Teach...

Four Ways to Steal Like an Art Teacher

I was talking with two awesome art teachers at the Art Educators of Iowa...

Nov 1, 2013

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Reward Students For Their Hard Work:...

Reward Students For Their Hard Work: Have A Fun Friday!

Have you ever had a student complain about an art project? “This is hard,”...

Oct 22, 2013

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Make Art History Sticky: Using Hooks...

Make Art History Sticky: Using Hooks to Help Students Learn

A few years ago, I read a book by Chip and Dan Heath titled Made To Stick: Why...

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 26, 2013

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Develop Theme-Based Lessons for a Mo...

Develop Theme-Based Lessons for a More Authentic Experience

When writing lesson plans, most teachers start with the objective: What will...