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Integrating the Arts in 3 Steps

Integrating the Arts in 3 Steps

Integrating the arts can be done in 3 easy steps.  This framework will help you get started! Arts integration ideas don’t have to be hard to find. You can do this yourself with these 3 proven steps and you will be integrating the arts across the curriculum in no time!...

Integrate the Arts Across Content Areas (4 Activities)

Integrate the Arts Across Content Areas (4 Activities)

If you want to integrate the arts across all your content areas, I've got you covered!  These 4 tried and true activities are ones that you can pull out quickly and use for just about any subject area. In this video, I share with you 4 ideas that can be your "go to"...

How to Introduce Essential Oils into Your Classroom

How to Introduce Essential Oils into Your Classroom

Have you wondered how to introduce essential oils into your classroom? Well, today I have a special treat! Tuesday Orluk, a local yoga instructor and an expert in essential oils is joining me to talk about how we teachers can use various scents and oils in our...

Friendly Friday™ Activities for the Winter

Friendly Friday™ Activities for the Winter

My students LOVE Friendly Fridays™! What are they?  They are a consistent time during our week when we can focus on SEAL (Social-Emotional Artistic Learning).  We create, we share and we work on our social-awareness and relationship skills. Today, I'm sharing 3...

Happy Birthday, Beethoven

Happy Birthday, Beethoven

One of my favorite holidays is coming up soon.  If you have been following me over the years, you know it's not just the traditional holidays, but a very special one - Beethoven's Birthday on December 16th! December (or any month, really) is a great time to spend some...

Technology in the Classroom

2 Keys to STEAM

2 Keys to STEAM

STEAM - It's a great buzz word in education, but too often it's thrown around without a full understanding of what it truly means. In preparation for this summer's Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat, I thought it would be a great idea to review two of the key...

On the Absence of Tape

On the Absence of Tape

A Personal Essay Advocating for the Arts in STEAM As an enthusiastic art teacher for children ages Kindergarten through fourth grade, one of my biggest goals is to provide my excited and wide-eyed kiddos with a variety of materials and techniques to explore each year....

Advocate for STEAM

Advocate for STEAM

Today I'm excited to share this wonderful video with you that advocates for STEAM.  Julie O'Neill, a colleague of mine and repeater retreater created this as her advocacy piece during the Summer 2018 Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat. The...

Advocate for STEAM through Art – Always Wonder

Advocate for STEAM through Art – Always Wonder

Every once in a while you get hit by an amazing piece of artwork.  I'm talking about a stop-you-in-your-tracks piece of art.  That's what happened to me at the end of this summer's retreat, when one of my colleagues passed in her STEAM advocacy piece for one of the...

Five Cool Tech Projects for the Classroom

As teachers you are constantly thinking of engaging activities for the classroom.  You always want your children to have an enjoyable time learning in a manner that piques their interests. Technology is the way of the future, but fitting it into the schedule isn’t...

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