Email from Hillary to Theresa (Labor day weekend 2008): “What do you think about starting a blog where we can post all our classroom management stuff ?”
Yea, we’ve come a long way since that email. Our primary goal was to favor quality over quantity (which also coincidentally matches our teaching styles).
So, we started with classroom management, music + art integration, and product reviews. It was a great focus (and we still try and discuss these topics often), yet we expanded even further. We invited YOU to join us. (Thank you to everyone who has been a guest author!!) We added lots of web 2.0 tools, advocated for the arts, and added things just cool and creative.
We have also expanded our readership (thank you everyone!). Our email subscriptions doubled over the summer. Therefore, since many of our new readers missed our infant stages (which we still think are useful), we decided to celebrate our 1st birthday with a few of our favorites from the archives:
Theresa’s personal favorites:
The Clean-Up Map – Inspired by Dora the Explorer (yes, kids CAN follow directions!?!)
Photography as Art and History – Just love the contrast in music and imagery over this 100 year span.
Hillary’s personal favorites:
The Magic Pocket Name – Love how this simple technique can be so effective in the art room!
American Revolution Portraitist – It’s exciting to make connections between American history, art and music.
I am a big fan of Google Earth and look for every opportunity to incorporate it into my teaching. So, I created a Georgia O’Keeffe Google Earth file to help illustrate how the locations where she lived impacted her work. I also try and discuss the major changes in transportation technology that occurred during Georgia’s 98 year life (ultimately impacting her mobility between New York and New Mexico).
Interact with the O’Keeffe Google Earth file below and download here to save for use in your classroom studies.
The second resource I use is a song by Greg Percy called “Georgia”. To listen, click the audio MP3 button below.
When we launched The Teaching Palette back on September 29, 2008 (almost one year ago), one of our goals was to create a place where other art educators could share their ideas and successes. With the start of the new school year, we came up with the “Show Us Your Art Room” feature.
Well, here it is… the creative spaces submitted by art educators around the globe and assembled into one Art Room Showcase (2009 edition). We hope art teachers will be inspired for their own spaces!
In addition to any comments you leave here, we’d like to encourage you to also leave comments in the flickr art room gallery. Below is a nifty Flickr widget highlighting some of the art room entries. Click any image for a close-up.
Thank you to the following art educators who shared images of their 2009 art spaces:
- Laura Carey (winner, as seen on our home page – the shopping cart)
- Myrna Ellison (winner, as seen on our home page – the castle)
- Matt Cauthron (winner, as seen on our home page – the digital studio)
- Lori Wilson
- Elizabeth Burns
- Frank Curkovic
- Brooke Nicholson
- Tara Conover
- Tricia Fuglestad
- Denise Pannell
- Jessica Houston
- Emily Valenza
- Tana Puppe
- Susan Bivona
- Katie Balla
- Keith Chapman
- Matt Cauthron
- Amy Kratochvil
- Kristen Grzemski
- Carol Frueh
- Katie Jarvis
- Myrna Ellison
- Christy Branham
- Katherine Malone-Smith
- Maria Smith
- Laura Carey
- Julie Vladika
- Theresa McGee
- Hillary Andrlik
- Brooke Nicholson
Do you have an art space to share? We can add it to our Flickr pool! Email photos to email@example.com
Today we discovered that Scholastic Instructor named The Teaching Palette one of the Top 20 Teacher Blogs! A huge thank you to all our readers who have inspired us to keep writing about issues that impact the art education field!
Other blogs listed among the Top 20:
- Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog
- Docere Est Discere
- Needleworks Pictures
- Integrating Tech
- Digital Anthology
- Science Fix
- Principals Page
- A Year of Reading
- Youth Voices
- It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages
- Regurgitated Alpha Bits
- Techno Tuesday
- Classroom solutions
- Just a Substitute Teacher
- Hooda Math Blog
- Learning is Messy
- The Jose Vilson
- Tales From the School Bus
The first week of school typically involves going over classroom rules and procedures. However, making these rules “stick” is a year-long challenge. The SlideShare PowerPoint below, created by an art teacher from Michigan, outlines her art classroom expectations and management solutions. This presentation could be useful to play periodically throughout the school year, during quiet work times, or even as students enter the room and get settled. Download for your classroom or use as inspiration for your own expectation presentation appropriate for your students’ grade levels. Click the green play button at the bottom of the screen to watch the presentation and hear the audio track.