About Laura Wixon

Laura Wixon graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2012 with Bachelors in Art Studio and Art History and English Language. In 2013 she stayed at SMCM and completed the Masters in Teaching Program with endorsements in elementary education, special education, art education k-12, and secondary English education (6-12). She taught as a Language Arts teacher for two years at Bates Middle School before moving into their Arts Integration Specialist position, which she has held the past two years.

A Case for Culinary Arts

By | 2017-11-16T08:53:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Tucked away in a corner of our originally-a-bomb-shelter middle school, next to the technology lab, stood a room lined with ovens, sinks and cabinets, forming 12 miniature kitchens. Culinary Arts was a mandatory class for all 7th grade [...]

Top 10 Tips for Creative Classroom Management

By | 2017-10-02T13:23:30+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Raise your hand if you're looking for creative classroom management tips! As a teacher, I know the importance of establishing a strong classroom management practice from the start of the school year.  However it can sometimes be difficult to [...]

Funding Arts Integration

By | 2017-10-02T13:37:04+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

As we near the beginning of the school year, I want to purposefully address one of the elephants in the room when it comes to arts integration.  One of the largest issues I have heard teachers come up against [...]

Educator as Artist

By | 2017-06-30T10:13:54+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

“Oh, you are going to the Kusama Infinity Room at the Hirshorn this weekend?” “I wish I could go visit- I’ve been bringing up that art in my artful thinking routines all week but I’m stuck under a pile [...]

How to Cultivate a Mindful Classroom

By | 2017-06-09T10:27:01+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Have you ever thought about combining yoga with arts integration?  Mary Kay Connerton has done just that with her Stretch Your Wellness curriculum for schools.  Mary Kay and I worked together in the language arts department at an arts [...]

Arts Integration in the Red Zone

By | 2017-06-12T08:34:52+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

The school where I work has a large population of students with emotional disabilities and special learning needs.  Although our classes are not considered “leveled” we do have special advisories, or homeroom groups, that are aimed at helping to [...]