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...

Dec 30, 2013

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The Great Artists Copy

The Great Artists Copy

I was standing in a small art gallery in New Bern, NC staring at a six foot,...

Dec 4, 2013

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The Art Show: Celebrating Process or...

The Art Show: Celebrating Process or Product?

For the artist, making art is a long process that mixes thought, creativity...

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,...

Nov 5, 2013

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The Poster Predicament: Is an Art Ro...

The Poster Predicament: Is an Art Room Icon Becoming Extinct?

As I was sorting through my large art reproduction prints to find a poster for...

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...

Sep 4, 2013

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What “Old School” Materi...

What “Old School” Materials Can’t You Live Without?

The school I have taught in for the last six years underwent a total remodel...

Aug 30, 2013

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Art Prerequisites? Who Needs ‘...

Art Prerequisites? Who Needs ‘Em!

Traditionally, the schedules of high school art classes have been linear. Art...

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 22, 2013

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Letting Students Choose Materials: D...

Letting Students Choose Materials: Do You Dare?

I saw a tweet that read, “The job of the artist is to have an idea and find...

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...

Aug 11, 2011

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Ditch the Sticker Chart and 7 other ...

Ditch the Sticker Chart and 7 other Management Tricks

Recently I was exploring a popular online forum for art teachers and someone...

Jul 9, 2011

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5 Secrets for Landing a Job in Art E...

5 Secrets for Landing a Job in Art Education

One of the most commonly asked questions I get from readers involves getting a...

Apr 24, 2011

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No-Fail Formula for Great Lesson Pla...

No-Fail Formula for Great Lesson Plans

Teaching is a balancing act when it comes to designing successful art lessons...

Feb 16, 2011

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Keep Your Goals To Yourself!

Shhhhh… Did you know you should Keep Your Goals to Yourself?  Up until...

Feb 14, 2011

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What Kind of Fire Are You?

What Kind of Fire Are You?

I recently attended a workshop for self discovery. The retreat’s goal...

Feb 7, 2011

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What Would You Do… With a Pinc...

What Would You Do… With a Pinch Pot?

Where you singing the Klondike Bar song? I was!  In Kindergarten my students...

Jan 19, 2011

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Portfolios in a Cinch

Portfolios in a Cinch

On Monday, I talked about how to use a portfolio as an assessment tool by...

Jan 16, 2011

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99 (fabulous) Designs

99 (fabulous) Designs

Recently I shared with everyone my desire and quest for a new logo for my...