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Pencil dipped in paint and shoved in my new electric sharpener. There are acts of destruction daily in my classroom. Most of my classes are 25 kids in a small room. When my attention is taken for a second, someone does something like this. Gluing things to counters. Hiding paintbrushes instead of cleaning them. 15 years, I've tried everything to cultivate a respectful classroom culture, and they just don't care. I'm so tired. So, so tired. I don't know how much longer I can do this.

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Other teachers are constantly asking to borrow my art supplies. It is now only September and I'm almost out of paint. How do I say no, but still keep a cordial work place?

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Cracked me up

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2 weeks into school and now I’m back on a cart. 😢

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High school teachers, to get to know your students and get them to open up, do you have any specific activities?

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Any high school art teachers here?

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What do you all do for an opening day activity?

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I’m starting from scratch in an elementary art room obviously on a tight budget with the school system. What are your go to “must have” supplies and where do you like to order from? I have Blick’s sit… more

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What's something you are looking for when finding new career opportunities?

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Art lesson to end the year on? The weather has turned so nice. I usually do a texture rubbing hunt but I might try a 3-d form scavenger hunt on the playground.

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Teaching Art for going on 11-12 years now. I feel my College Art Ed. And Edu classes did very little to have me ready. Anyone else?

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Anyone else being used as a building sub? My school cut my classes in half and are making me cover classes on my free periods. Academic teachers don't have to cover classes.

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What is your yearly per student budget?

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Anyone use a simple organizer for art comparison?

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I like using Artsonia to catalog/preserve student work digitally. But I end up spending too much time walking students through how to upload or taking the pictures myself. Does anyone out there have a… more

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It only took me 7 years to figure this system out.... posting in case it helps anyone else! I color coded my classes and printed off numbers according to the number of kids in my classes. I then assign each kid a number that corresponds with my gradebook. When they turn in their projects, they put their number with it. This way, no contact and I can easily see who has and hasn't turned in their projects yet. I take the list down once they remember their number.

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Elementary art teachers. I have been teaching the artabet from Ron Mulvey out of Canada. He teaches 6 basic lines to learn and how to draw using the lines. Round and round, back and forth, up and down… more

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My school deliberately cut the number of classes that the specials teachers teach so that we could be building subs for quarantined and sick teachers (we are hybrid). So... I teach fewer classes (whic… more

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We talk about keeping rigor in our classes, however I’m finding my HS students need straight forward instructions. Most students are struggling to meet their Maslow’s needs that to use higher Blooms … more

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Hey everyone! Happy almost winter break ❄️ What digital platforms have you been using to engage with students? Especially if it's collaborative or fosters more classroom community.

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Anyone recognize the artist who created this?

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I’m using Padlet for students to post artwork. They type in a reflection of the process & post. It’s created a sense of classroom community seeing everyone’s artwork, can comment & like. First… more

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! The international Girls Academy is launching a Global Education Week from April 11-19, they have some really amazing projects for teachers and students. And it’s free! Email:theinternationalgirlsac… more

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I started an AP studio art bowl for anyone interested!

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Admin is forcing all of the non-core class (Arts, Music, Tech and PE) teachers to do PD together. Any suggestions for topics/ workshops that will actually benefit this whole group?

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How to cope without a partner to team teach for Fine Arts-art, music and theater arts?

I have a student who refuses to try to attempt work on projects. When I give suggestions they huff and just say that it's to hard. So I move on to the others students. I dont know to help this stu… more

It is only my 2nd year teaching High School. I have a student who is incredibly talented and I would like to help her apply for art scholarships.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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what are some of your most important routines that you make sure to model at the beginning of the year? I am hoping to spend 4-5 weeks on classroom mgmt right off the bat

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Anyone struggle with “art vs craft”? Sometimes I feel my lessons don’t carry meaningful art rigor, and I’m just hosting craft time. Any suggestions for recourses providing meaningful art lessons?

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What are your must have artsy picture books for your classroom? For read alouds and also just for the bookshelf for early finishers :) I teach K-5

I usually make my own classroom posters. What are some must have posters in your room? Do you reference them often? What about some neat, storebought posters that you love? my walls are bare!

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Can anyone suggest good skin tone watercolor markers? I have an autistic student who does great caricatures but we often struggle with the skin tones. Tombow is ok but very expensive.

Advice request: Any suggestions for meaningful/engaging early finisher art activities or routines? I teach Pre-K - 8th. Sketchbook time just does not engage them as I had hoped (especially 5-8).

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I’m moving to a new school that has never had an art program before! I have a beautiful (old science) Room w lots of storage. What advice do you have for me?

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I’ve been daydreaming of a community loom in the school or classroom. Has anyone done this or have any tips? I’m wondering if people will want to participate or take the materials and “redecorate””.

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Just curious how others feel about teaching students to grid pictures as a means to draw them more accurately. I grid my own work using photos/still life’s that I create

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