I’m Hosting #K12ArtChat on Twitter on February 8, 2018

Hey all! Join me on Twitter this Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 8:30 - 9:15ish PM CST for the #K12ArtChat. Participating in the discussion is a great way to not only learn something but to make friends and grow your PLN. I'm especially excited because this week I'm hosting, and the topic is "Visual Art… Continue reading I’m Hosting #K12ArtChat on Twitter on February 8, 2018

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Video Tutorial: Using an Animated Gif as a Sprite in Scratch (AppSmash with Scratch and Piskel)

I loooove animated gifs. I'm also falling in love with coding. What's more fun than combining two things you love?!Did you know you can use an animated gif as a sprite in Scratch? Yup! I appsmash with Piskel and Scratch to do this, and I've made a video to show you how!

Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

The beginning of the second half of school (January to May/June) is a wonderful time of year to review and revamp your classroom rules and procedures. All teachers struggle with behavior management from time to time; managing humans is a tough job. One of my favorite (and tried-and-true) methods of behavior management is a behavior… Continue reading Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

Visual Art, Science, & Math Integration: The Bear Snores On

The districts in my county spent the last year determining which new English Language Arts curriculum they wish to adopt. Ultimately, the districts split between two different curricula, each with their own pros and cons. It was exciting to me to witness this process.  As a teacher, I've always assumed that such adoptions were done… Continue reading Visual Art, Science, & Math Integration: The Bear Snores On

Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Confession: I hate to teach weaving. It just seems so. . . tedious to me. I hated it when I was a kid; I'm impatient and weaving takes time. Yet, everywhere I've ever taught, weaving is non-negotiable. It is literally specified by the standards that weaving is a required skill. In my opinion, this seems a… Continue reading Visual Art & Science Integration Lesson Plan: Weaving Worms

Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Ever had an idea marinating in your brain so intensely that you didn't rest while you slept; your brain was just working too hard? Today, I woke up and immediately knew that I had a solution to my "how to I combine fractions, Makey Makey, Scratch, and art" question. Also, my brain was super tired… Continue reading Mondrian Inspired Makey Makey Fraction Game

Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students

I'm going kinda nuts for this Makey Makey thing.I work in close proximity to subject-area coordinators for general education subjects. Lately, I've been challenging myself to integrate the arts with Science and Math. Visual Art teachers are usually eager to integrate (art isn't created in a vacuum and all of that), but it is often… Continue reading Makey Makey Fractions Game for Elementary Students