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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 […]






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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 […]






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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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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, […]






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