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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...

SEL Framework for Arts Integration

SEL Framework for Arts Integration

This SEL framework for arts integration will help you integrate the arts with SEL.  You will reach your SEL goals AND integrate the arts.  Win. Win. But it’s actually not only about the integration... SEAL is WAY more than that. It is an entire framework that empowers...

The 3 Cs to What Makes a Good Teacher

The 3 Cs to What Makes a Good Teacher

What makes a good teacher….There was a time when I thought being a teacher was all about the content you teach.  That couldn't be further from the truth! Teaching is a tough job, but it can be even more tough if you think it's all about your content.  What makes a...

3 Ways to Integrate the Arts with SEL

3 Ways to Integrate the Arts with SEL

Are you ready to integrate the arts with SEL?  The arts are the best way for students to learn, practice and develop their social-emotional skills.  Why?  Because the arts provide amazing experiences that allow them to build self-awareness, empathy, patience, and...

Arts Integration VS Arts Education

Arts Integration VS Arts Education

Arts Integration VS Arts Education?  Is this a battle?  I don't think so! Many arts educators are concerned that if their school or district starts to implement arts integration, arts education is going to disappear.  Now way!  Not gonna happen. Let me tell you why....

Technology in the Classroom

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....

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

This creative post is from Kellie Burtch a New Hampshire STEM teacher a TAR17 Retreater.  That year, she realized the potential of inserting the A into STEM and started her year ready to advocate for all the possibilities the arts could provide for her STEM class....

ART-evator Speech

ART-evator Speech

Check out why Andy Smith, a HS arts educator and author-illustrator believes arts is important for students' learning including why we need to go from STEM to STEAM.    Can't see the video?  Visit the ART-evator speech on YouTube. And now go check out his author site...

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

Education Yesterday and Today The world continues to change at a rapid pace and there’s a constant buzz in education about closing the global achievement gap and developing 21st century skills. Education is changing to meet these needs.  Focus on new, global skills...

How 3D Printers Can Transform the Classroom

There have been many technological and curriculum transformations of the classroom since formal education was created. But two of the biggest changes in tech and lesson planning are having a unique convergence. For many educators, what was once touted as STEM has...

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