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Soundtracking Your Classroom

This quick reference freebie shows you the 6 Steps to Soundtracking your Classroom, gives tips for picking and playing music and has a link to my favorite playlist for Soundtracking work time for your students.
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Articles Just for Arts Teachers…

How to Make and Use an Emotional Wheel

  Let's Make an Emotion Wheel!   The Emotion Wheel can be a very powerful tool for students to identify and discuss their emotions.  My name is Elizabeth Peterson, and I'm the creator of SEAL: Social-Emotional Artistic Learning where we take the best of what arts...

How to Make 3 Origami Hearts

Let's Make Origami Hearts!   Hearts can mean so many different things; love, friendship, kindness.  When you can make your own origami heart for someone, it's even more special. That's why I'm so happy to be bringing my friend Barbara Pearl back to show us three...

Teachers: Find Your Ultimate Why

Why did you get into teaching? Was it because you just love kids? Or maybe you're super passionate about a certain topic or subject that you teach. So many teachers go into this profession with optimism and so much hope. And then, when they get into the job and they...

One Teacher Self-Care Strategy that Works

Drained? Overwhelmed?​ You know teacher self-care is important and here’s a strategy that works! These self care activities for a tough day will help you when you are in a moment of stress and anxiety.  Pull yourself out of that distress with these quick self-care...

Easy Holiday Origami (How To)

Let's Make some Easy Holiday Origami! These easy holiday origami activities will work perfectly for your classroom. Create a candy cane and tree paper crafts using these simple instructions. This is great for elementary aged students and up. A wonderful DIY activity...

How to Make an Origami Pumpkin

Let's Make an Origami Pumpkin! Fall is here and it’s a great time to make an origami pumpkin! Use this fall activity in your classroom or for your remote teaching.  You can send students the link or do it with them!  Either way, it will be fun to learn how to make...

Back to School 2020 – Let’s Get Real

This school year is like no other. Teachers everywhere are on an emotional rollercoaster as they deal with daily changes and challenges.  Here’s some great advice on how to handle this and keep your sanity by focusing on what’s important.      ...

Origami and Math

Origami and Math Math and origami have a lot in common!  There are just so many math vocabulary terms you can explore and teach while you fold.  In this video, you will learn how to integrate many math concepts as you discover mindFOLDness create an origami box. Have...

How to Make a Flextangle

How to Make a Flextangle Origami, math, art and a fidget.  Today we are going to look at how to integrate all of that by making a flextangle! Making a Flextangle integrates art, math, origami and even some SEL.  This is a great way to add a little creativity in your...

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    Reading and Drumming

    The school year is in full swing and reading is filling the air in my fourth grade classroom.  We read independently, in groups, with partners, as a whole class, as a read aloud, online and hopefully at home as well.   Let's face it, reading is a very important part...

    The Earth Without Art

    I first saw this saying while looking through magazines to create a vision board during last summer's Teacher Art Retreat.  I quickly tore out the page and hung it in my office at home. Just the other day, I was visiting with a local artist, Renee Schneider (who...

    Starfish in the Hospital

    At the time, I had no idea that she was going to die. Spending those days with my dad going in and out of Boston watching over her as she lay in the ICU bed, I kept hoping and praying for a miracle, because, well, she deserved it. We spent hours a day going in,...