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...

Sep 16, 2013

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Motivate Students With The Great Ame...

Motivate Students With The Great American Sketchbook Game

It would seem art teachers tend to understand the value of the sketchbook...

Sep 12, 2013

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Enlisting Students to Help with Arts...

Enlisting Students to Help with Artsonia

I am all about getting my students’ artwork safely (and relatively...

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...

Aug 6, 2013

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Getting the Art Room You Want With t...

Getting the Art Room You Want With the Budget You Have

Imagine that you get to walk into an empty art room and make it completely...

Oct 10, 2012

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8 Tips for Creating Engaging Confere...

8 Tips for Creating Engaging Conference Presentations

This weekend, just like my colleague Chelsie, I presented at the Iowa /...

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 20, 2012

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Share Your Advice for the First Day ...

Share Your Advice for the First Day of School

Hi AOE readers! Today I’m hoping you will help me inspire all of the brand...