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3 Ways the Arts will Help with Back to School

3 Ways the Arts will Help with Back to School

3 WAYS THE ARTS WILL HELP WITH BACK TO SCHOOL The ARTs will be necessary for helping to transition our students back to school.  No matter if we are teaching face-to-face or remotely, the arts can build community, help with students’ SEL, and deepen their...

How to Make Homemade Paint 4 Ways

How to Make Homemade Paint 4 Ways

Making Paint At Home Can Be Easy! Here are 4 ways to make paint using materials you or your students have in your kitchens! This is great for distance learning and at-home art time. If you don’t have many art materials at home, try these 4 ways to create paint and...

Is Your Professional Development Teacher-Centered?

Is Your Professional Development Teacher-Centered?

Your PD is important! It’s important for your professional development (PD) to be Teacher-Centered so that you can get the most out of it. You need to take charge of your learning and in turn inspire your students. Here, I share 5 questions you can ask to see if the...

How to Make Playdough and Use it for SEL

How to Make Playdough and Use it for SEL

Making homemade playdough is easy and fun!  (A little messy too, but that can just add to the fun.)  Making playdough is something you could assign to your students.  Then, have them use it for sculpting assignments or stress relief.  (Great for some SEL!) Our focus...

5 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

5 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

There are many reasons to teach poetry in the classroom.  Whether it’s National Poetry Month or just another day, arts integrated poetry ideas are a great teaching strategy to use across the curriculum.  Poetry can be used in your classroom regardless of what you...

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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