Over the years, I’ve made more than my share of mistakes.… and many of them more than once! We all make mistakes, but we can learn from each other and at least avoid some of the common ones. Here are some lessons I’ve learned the hard way! 1. Doing for your students what they can (and […]
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Pinterest has become the go-to source for inspiration for teachers. I could get lost for hours in this sea of creative ideas! In an effort to engage with the teaching community in an even bigger way, the folks at Pinterest have created a new collection of boards just for teachers, called Teachers On Pinterest. Here you’ll find […]
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 woefully […]
Using “Class Cards” as a management tool is an idea I picked up from class management guru, Rick Morris. (If you’re not already familiar with Rick’s many teaching tools and techniques, be sure to visit his website, www.newmanagement.com for a gold mine of ideas!) While this isn’t a tool specific to art educators, I’ve found […]
My students and I LOVE our new Time Timer! I first learned about the Time Timer on the Art of Education site. The Time Timer is a fabulous time management tool for any classroom. It comes in three sizes: 3″, 8″ and 12″. I purchased the 8″ size from Amazon.com for about $20, and it’s […]
I’m excited to share the best classroom management technique I’ve tried in years.… the “Mona! Lisa!” attention signal. I used this new technique in all my K-8 classes this week, and it was even more successful than I had hoped for! Kudos go to Tricia Fuglestad of Dryden Art Fugleblog for sharing this fantastic idea, which […]
I don’t have a lot of special rules for my students to remember during Art time.… their classroom teachers do a great job of “laying down the law” for expected behavior no matter where they are on campus. But I do have three special “Art Rules” that I teach them on day one, and remind […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!
Teach Kids Art began in August 2008 as a way for me to share my lessons, tips, and ideas for teaching art with other teachers. As Teach Kids Art has grown over the years, it has truly been a labor of love…. all the content I share here is free!
To help support this site, I use affiliate links. This means that when you shop at Amazon.com (or through another affiliate link) by clicking through my site, I will earn a portion of the sale, at no cost to you. (This applies to any product you buy from an affiliate when you click through my site, not just the products I feature.) If you’d like to show your support for Teach Kids Art, this is a great way to do it! And by the way, I only ever link to or promote products that I have used and really love!
You may also visit my store at TEACHERS Pay TEACHERS where I sell convenient, detailed pdf’s of my lessons. I’ll continue to add more pdf’s there as I am able to.
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