The Great Debate: Essential Questions or I Can Statements

The Great Debate: Essential Questions or I Can Statements
As educators, the focus in our profession is teaching others and helping our students learn, grow, and develop as much as possible. Fortunately, teachers also have the opportunity to continually learn and grow themselves. As new research is done and trends are […]

By |October 16th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

20 Attention Getting Strategies Using Call and Response

20 Attention Getting Strategies Using Call and Response
As a former Summer Camp Director I had to master getting the attention of hundreds of kids at once. Speaking to a group that isn’t quiet and focused on you isn’t productive. At least 50% of the group will miss what you are […]

By |August 17th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

Have You Pushed The Restart Button Yet?

They say if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. I love my job. I love being an art teacher. Creating art with kids all day, the busy schedule, the long hours, the mile long to-do lists… I really do love it all. Another big […]

By |August 3rd, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

8 Tips To Organize Your Arts Classroom For Success

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to set up your classroom! You walk into a blank, clean space with so many decisions to make. Many of us, even seasoned teachers, spend more time than we want to admit checking out blog posts, drooling over school supplies and planning […]

By |July 24th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

21 Things For Educators To Remember For Back To School

The first day of any new program, whether it is a summer camp, after-school activity or the first day of school is an exciting and nerve-racking time for the children. They are eagerly anticipating meeting you (the adult responsible for them) and they are wondering so many things about you….Are […]

By |July 16th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

Integrated Arts Is Thriving At South Carolina School

I have always been a big supporter of integrated arts teaching methods. It supports my believe that the arts are more than just creative expression, they are a vehicle to open a child up to learning ALL subjects. I often engage in arts and music educator groups on Facebook and […]

By |May 10th, 2018|Arts Education Interviews, Featured|0 Comments

From School Shootings To Van Attacks When Will We Learn?

From school shootings to van attacks when will we learn that children learn what they live.

I live in Toronto, Canada and a few days ago we had a very unusual incident occur in our city – a van plowed through a major city sidewalk killing 10 people and injuring 14 […]

By |April 27th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments

Full STEAM Ahead: The Integrated Arts Approach of Studio 9

There are so many incredible schools that are arts-focused. They have figured out a way to provide all the core subjects, but still with a strong emphasis on the arts, which as far as I’m concerned is the way it should be! So many children do not find their place […]

By |July 29th, 2017|Arts Education Interviews, Featured|0 Comments

Find Your Tribe

Yesterday afternoon I hosted a pool party at my house. It was great fun for the kids, but, as many play dates are, it was really all about the moms having an opportunity to get together. We chatted about parenting and husbands, high school reunions and family vacations. We shared […]

By |July 13th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

What Brought You Here? How One Arts Educator Changed A Child

A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with one of my third grade classes about my elementary school music program. They were shocked to hear that music was my least favorite class. My elementary school years were a particularly tough time for public education funding, and arts education […]

By |July 2nd, 2017|Featured|2 Comments