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,...

Oct 25, 2013

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3 Great Graphic Organizers for the A...

3 Great Graphic Organizers for the Art Room

The visual arts are such a broad and encompassing discipline that even...

Oct 9, 2013

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A Must See Video: Project-Based Lear...

A Must See Video: Project-Based Learning at High Tech High

During a recent meeting, my principal spoke on the topic of innovation. She...

Sep 20, 2013

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To Censor or Not To Censor…

To Censor or Not To Censor…

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to order books and videos for my...

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 19, 2013

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When should art teachers go back to ...

When should art teachers go back to school?

With summer vacation dwindling away (or gone for some of you) a visit to your...

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 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...

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 19, 2012

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Is Performance Based Pay Really Such...

Is Performance Based Pay Really Such a Bad Idea?

Did you know some  schools and states are moving to a performance based pay...

Feb 20, 2011

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Teachers, Forget About Lesson Plans!

Teachers, Forget About Lesson Plans!

I get it. Teachers love new art lessons. You do. Lets be honest. Here is what...

Feb 19, 2011

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Top 10 Challenges of Managing an Art...

Top 10 Challenges of Managing an Art Room

Managing the art room is one of the things teachers struggle with the most and...

Feb 13, 2011

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Display Dilemma!

Display Dilemma!

If I display artwork, I display the whole class.  All kids deserve to have...

Jan 21, 2011

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The Role of a Mentor

The Role of a Mentor

Do you have a mentor who has shaped your career into what it is today?  I do....

Dec 8, 2010

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As I Write this Letter…

As I Write this Letter…

Today I want to talk about the Letters Home component of my new management...

Dec 6, 2010

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Improve Classroom Management in the ...

Improve Classroom Management in the Art Room Today!

With the holidays approaching, I bet you have noticed a new level of...

Nov 30, 2010

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Rocking the Palette

Rocking the Palette

I am excited to announce that I was a guest author on one of my very favorite...

Nov 28, 2010

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Not Enough Art Time!

Food for thought. I see my students 45 minutes/ week, which averages out to be...

Nov 17, 2010

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NAEA Monthly Mentor

NAEA Monthly Mentor

If you haven’t yet, check out the Monthly Mentor from the NAEA’s...

Nov 9, 2010

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Positivity Notes

Positivity Notes

One way that I communicate with parents is through email. Each week, I try to...

Nov 8, 2010

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Parent Communication Week!

Parent Communication Week!

Welcome to Parent Communication Week on AOE! This week my report cards are...

Nov 5, 2010

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5 Reasons the Arts Inspire

The arts in school and in our life can move us, inspire us, and touch us like...

Oct 27, 2010

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Is Organization a Necessity?

Here is the question that has been on my mind lately: Do you have to be...