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3 Tips for Keeping Colds & Flu Out of the Classroom

3 Tips for Keeping Colds and Flu Out of the Classroom

The cold and flu sea­son has hit with a vengeance this year. Every­where I look peo­ple are cough­ing, snif­fling, and sneez­ing…. even here in Cal­i­for­nia where we seem to have missed the whole ‘win­ter weather’ memo alto­gether. (It’s been in the 70’s here… sorry, east coast friends!) But an ounce of pre­ven­tion may help slow the […]

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Ten Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

10 Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid

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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Teachers On Pinterest

Teachers On Pinterest

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 […]

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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 woefully […]

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sets of Class Cards on a table

Class Cards” for Class Management

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 […]

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The Time Timer

Stay on Schedule with the Time Timer

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 […]

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Mona Lisa Print on a White Board Tray

Mona! Lisa!” Attention Signal

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 […]

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