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Most Important Book of 2017 - "Twenty-Two" by Allison Trowbridge

Most Important Book of 2017

When you read as many books as I do, to say that one book stands out as “most important” of the year is saying a lot. The term “most important” reflects impact of a global nature, going beyond what affects me personally to the issues that affect us all as human beings. It’s more than just […]

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My Favorite Books of 2017: Most Life-Changing = The 5 Second Rule

Most Life-Changing Book of 2017

There are lots of great books out there, but if you’re honest, how often do you read a book that you can truly say changed your life?? When that happens, it’s magical…. and it happened to me last April with The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I discovered this book while listening to the […]

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Favorite Books of 2017 - Most Inspiring: "A Little Radical"

Most Inspiring Book of 2017

My favorite books this year have not been books about teaching art to kids, or even books about ART at all. But they are relevant to teachers and parents…. and everyone, really. The three books I’ll be sharing with you are inspiring, life-changing, and important. The most inspiring book I read this year was A Little […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter

Book Review: Drawing Cartoons Letter By Letter by Christopher Hart

Drawing Cartoons Letter by Letter is the latest in a series of learn-to-draw books by Christopher Hart. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review, so here it is! The concept of using a letter or number as the framework for beginning a drawing is not new. In fact, I already had […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learning, creating, and spending more time outdoors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspiring little book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would […]

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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments

Students love to bring home these exquisite origami cranes to hang on their Christmas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a beginner level project, every year I have at least one student with a passion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are challenging, they’re […]

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Love and Logic Teacher-isms

“Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom” by Jim Fay and David Funk

If you’ve ever felt stressed by classroom management, you need this book… Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom by Jim Fay and David Funk. It may sound corny to say that this book could change your life, but it very well might! When I first started out as a new teacher, I felt […]

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