About Amy Traggianese

Amy Traggianese is an elementary visual arts educator and has been an art essentialist at a Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School since 2001. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has over 25 years of arts integration experience. Amy specializes in integrating language arts, math, science and technology into the art curriculum. She presents at local and national conferences and at HOT School Summer Institutes. Amy is also an active educator voice on Twitter, helps to facilitate #CTedu on Tuesday nights, and loves to connect with other educators through social media.

A Hashtag Changed My Life

By | 2017-06-09T10:31:09+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Four years ago, I participated, nervously, in my first #EdTechChat on Twitter. Good gracious... should I answer any questions? Other people might answer me! What should I do then?!?   Like many newbies on Twitter, I did not understand [...]

Positive Interactions in the Art Room

By | 2017-06-12T08:14:24+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

Assessment in the arts usually equals teachers assessing student work and performance. Let’s discuss assessment from another angle: assessment of the teacher/student relationship. Creating positive student relationships in the classroom sets the stage for learning, so effective teacher/student interactions [...]

STEAMy Design in the Elementary Art Room

By | 2017-10-30T17:03:55+00:00 November 17th, 2016|

The open ended challenge for second grade students: Create a pencil holder that will hold a pencil as you walk across the room. The classroom teacher and I decided on an assortment of supplies: paper, oaktag, clothespins, yarn, cardboard tubes, packing [...]

STEAM in Art Class

By | 2017-09-06T17:51:19+00:00 October 20th, 2016|

STEAM? Yes, please! STEM is great, but STEAM adds an “A” for Art and design. While teaching twenty-first century skills, art and design should be integrated with science, technology, engineering and math. Students need to create and design objects [...]