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Illustrating Stories and Collaboration

Sometimes it gets lonely in the art room.  I am the only one here who does my job.  The positives of being the one art teacher is that I have freedom from planning meetings, common assessments, etc.  Freedom, baby, yeah.

But, there’s a lot to be said for having a team. When things don’t go well you can run next door and ask for advice.  You can share your woes and triumphs because you have a team.  Your peeps.  They understand.  They’ve got your back.  I run down the halls excited about something that went really well.  People nod their heads and say, “That’s great.”  But they really don’t understand.  They don’t know the amount of work it took to get the kids to this point because they are not on my team.  Our experiences are just too different.  Right?!

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Lines, Lines, and More Lines

Every year I start off with teaching/reviewing the first element of art: lines.  Zentangles are a fantastic way to teach lines and patterns. Zentangles range from easy to complex and students get to practice adding their own twists to the designs they learn how to draw. Continue reading “Lines, Lines, and More Lines”

Bulletin Board for First Weeks of School

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I did this lesson back in October and have previously posted it under Fall with Kindergarten (last year); however, I think it deserves a revisit. The main thing I did differently on this was a thinking routine.  This routine is “I used to think/Now I think.” Continue reading “Thinking Routines and Spiders”

Stained Glass

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Keith Haring Inspired Drawings

The music teacher approached me in January and asked if I would like to collaborate on her music presentation, which would take place in March.  I am all up for working together so I jumped at the opportunity.   Continue reading “Culture and Music for Third Grade”

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Learning about Value

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