It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans

View All Lessons HereEvery fall, winter, and spring, I host an Arts Integration workshop highlighting the season through integrated Visual Art lessons. I do this for a few reasons. First, a lot of us educators fall (see what I did there) into the habit of engaging in seasonal "craftivities" and forgo real, rigorous Visual Art… Continue reading It’s (Almost) Fall Y’all: Elementary Arts Integration Lesson Plans

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