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Professional Development Opportunities & Ideas for Art Educators

Educator participation in professional development opportunities is an important part of the continued growth and improvement of teaching practices. Art educators can enhance their teaching and creative skills through specialized professional development designed to inspire new ideas and techniques. Why Professional Development for Art Educators The art classroom is the perfect place for exploration […]

12 First-Year Teacher Must-Haves

New teachers have a lot to learn, and a lot to buy. Many new teachers go into the first year trying to make sure they have all the important bases covered, and that might be enough, but why not use tips from seasoned veterans? Get your first teaching year under your belt with the […]

5 Cost Effective Bulletin Board Tips for Teachers

Your bulletin boards not only set the theme for your classroom, they are valuable teaching tools and kids love to see them change with the seasons. Costs can add up quickly, though, so reusing items you already own (and storing them safely until next year) allows you to stretch your bulletin board budget and […]

Classroom Laminating Dos and Don’ts

Lamination is a great way to keep school supplies looking good and lasting for years. It can, however, be expensive and time consuming. Since some schools have a budget or place limits on how many items teachers can laminate, teachers need to choose wisely regarding lamination. Here are some general laminating dos and don’ts for the […]

Simple Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week starts on Monday of the first full week in May, and this celebration has an interesting history (thanks, Eleanor Roosevelt!). Whether you’re a teacher looking for ways to show appreciation for your co-workers or you’ve landed here looking for fresh ideas for your child’s teachers, we’ve got just what you need. […]

Countdown to Summer: Prepping for Fall

Sure, as you finally reach the long-awaited end of the school year, the last thing most teachers want to think about is starting a new one. But not only will your future self thank you for doing a little ahead-of-time legwork, you also might just enjoy your summer break more knowing that you’ve got […]

An Art Teacher’s Gift of Gratitude

This holiday you’re sure to receive all kinds of gifts from your students. But there are other gifts that art teachers receive year-round, and the holidays are a great time to stop and take stock of all that we have to be grateful for, like: That Aha Moment – Seeing a concept click for […]

How to Stay Positive When Faced with Change

Change. To become different. The thought can make your skin crawl. As teachers, we are asked to deal with change on a regular basis. Sometimes we are given changes that are great for our programs and leave us feeling excited and refreshed, such as a brand new classroom or an increased budget. Other times change […]

Tried & True Tips – December 2016

Happy December! I know that we are all ready for our winter break to celebrate, and relax, rejuvenate, and start planning some great lessons for the new year. This month we will focus on textures, mixed media, and fiber arts. Knowing that fibers and fabrics have always had a purpose in every culture, we […]