Classroom Management – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letter to a First Year Art Teacher – Practical Advice from the Trenches Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:15 +0000

Dear First Year Art Teacher, Congratulations on your new job teaching Art! You are embarking on a wonderful adventure! There will be days ahead when you’ll declare to anyone who will listen that you have the BEST job in the world. There is SO much to LOVE about teaching Art! But, as with all things, […] ]]>
3 Tips for Keeping Colds and Flu Out of the Classroom Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:02:10 +0000

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 […] ]]> 3
10 Mistakes Every Art Teacher Can Avoid Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:44:57 +0000

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 […] ]]> 43
Teachers On Pinterest Mon, 19 Aug 2013 04:43:43 +0000

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 […] ]]> 2
“Teaching with Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom” by Jim Fay and David Funk Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:22:10 +0000

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 […] ]]> 2
“Class Cards” for Class Management Thu, 18 Oct 2012 03:21:50 +0000

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, for a gold mine of ideas!)  While this isn’t a tool specific to art educators, I’ve found […] ]]>
Stay on Schedule with the Time Timer Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:33:20 +0000

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 for about $20, and it’s […] ]]> 7
“Mona! Lisa!” Attention Signal Sun, 02 Sep 2012 07:28:49 +0000

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, […] ]]> 24
Rules to Live By – Both In and Out of the Art Room Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:54:00 +0000

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 […] ]]> 4
Art Rules! Fri, 01 Oct 2010 21:57:00 +0000

The beginning of a new school year is a great time to review the rules we follow during Art class! In addition to the usual rules that students have in their classrooms (no hitting, raise your hand, etc.), we have three special rules we follow in the Art Room, and they each involve something you […] ]]> 10