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Picasso was wrong. Your child is not an artist.

Your child is not an artist.<p>I say this not to denigrate your child. I say it in defense of actual artists — real, grown-up people who have set …

Researchers Observe Effects of Art on the Brain

They hope to discover how our brains combine sensory impressions with memory and emotion to form judgments<p>When it comes to art, beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but some scientists now are looking for it in bursts of brain waves.<p>Seeking a biological basis for our response to art, …

Art

Words matter in ‘ISIS’ war, so use ‘Daesh’

The militants who are killing civilians, raping and forcing captured women into sexual slavery, and beheading foreigners in Iraq and Syria are known …

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

Part 1: Process<p>The process of making in the classroom needs to be incorporated in the final grade. Is each student fully engaged? Do students use …

Pedagogy

The Art of Problem Solving

Convincing people of the importance of an education in the arts can be a tough sell. In 2012, math and science are heralded above all else and the …

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

Infographics

Five Ways to Make the Arts Part of Your Child’s Everyday Life

When the arts and creativity are part of family life, as well as the classroom, everyone wins.<p>Arts activities can deepen family bonds, provide …

10 Things Only Art Teachers Would Understand

As an art teacher you are not always understood. You are creative and stand out in what you do, and the process of getting there is what makes you …

Pedagogy

Do Arts Teach Creativity?

Massachusetts and California want to mandate teaching creativity and testing for its outcomes. Maybe your state does, too. In our last post we …

Creativity

Welcome to the K12 Lab Network wiki!

Design thinking is a methodology for creative problem solving. You can use it to inform your own teaching practice, or you can teach it to your …

What's a Makerspace? - Makerspace

To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the …

Makerspaces

How a STEAM Lab Breathed New Life into a Small Town District<p>Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 4/03/18 11:00 AM<p>This year, the students at Tabernacle …

New Jersey

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

So how can we provide this kind of feedback -- the kind that students actually listen to, understand, and use -- in a timely manner? Before looking …

8 Google Forms Formative Assessment Tips - Teacher Tech

If you use Google Forms for formative assessment quizzes here are some tips for managing the resulting spreadsheet.<p>Ask for Student ID Number …

A space for possibilities: 4 lessons all teachers can learn from the arts

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein<p>The importance of imagination goes far beyond the need to improve our economy or …

Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge and Uses Authentic Assessment

This was my first year teaching, a year when the majority of my lesson plans looked completely different when they were implemented. I had failed to …

Authentic Assessment: What You Can Do in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months, 5 years . . .

Read over conference notes and checklists for the week to look for trends and then group students by readiness and understanding.<p>Be open to the fact …

Getting Started with Google Forms

Google Forms have streamlined so many cumbersome and time consuming tasks I previously did with pen and paper. I was training a group of teachers …

Art Is Vital

The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.<p>ASPEN, Colo. — It has been three years since the spectacular video of Lil Buck dancing to Yo-Yo Ma brought jookin—which draws from hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance—into mainstream consciousness. Ma would later call Buck a …

My life in typefaces

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the …

Typography

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

<i>Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces:</i><p><b>25 Things</b> …

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Awesome Classroom Visual Featuring 10 Tips for New Teachers

July 2, 2014<br>Here is an awesome visual outlining some practical tips for those of you who have just landed a teaching position. This visual is created …

Common Core Embraces Broad Definition of the Arts

The Common Core, also known as the "State Standards Initiative," is one of the more intriguing methods to spark new ways of teaching. It is now being adopted across the country, with a little pushback from just a few states leery of anything "national," and offers unique opportunities to pursue new …

Education

How we teach the arts is as important as the fact we're doing it

Michael Rosen shares his checklist for how teachers can ensure that arts education is worthwhile for all students<p>I think we should be cautious about the claims we make for the arts in education. We need to make sure that how we do the art is as important as the fact that we're doing it. After all, …

Education