The Sounds of Science

By | 2017-09-26T11:17:04+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Being a musician and a STEAM teacher, I bet you'll never guess what my favorite unit of study is...  yep, you got it - the science of sound.  Every since I first laid eyes on an oscilloscope during my [...]

Math Artwork Dice: Abstract Art

By | 2017-09-26T10:46:52+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

What if I asked each of you to bake a cake and supplied you with all of the ingredients to accomplish this task? What if I did not, however, provide you with a recipe? How would the cakes turn [...]

Back To School Invention Dimension

By | 2017-10-02T13:26:40+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

There are so many strategies and techniques ‘out there’ that teachers could implement and it can often be overwhelming and daunting, especially at the beginning of the school year. One activity that I find particularly engaging for everyone involved [...]

Pick 2 Brainstorming Strategy

By | 2017-07-28T08:40:41+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

Since the beginning of time, people have been brainstorming to combine two seemingly unrelated items in new and creative ways. At one point in our history, either a creative thinker or an accidental inventor, created a wheel. That wheel, [...]

The Elements of Art Anchor Charts

By | 2017-08-22T06:55:42+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

One of the easiest ways to access the arts in the classroom is through the Elements of Art, Music, Drama, Design and Dance.  Each art form has a set of basic elements that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. What's [...]

Notans: Arts Integration Idea

By | 2017-06-30T10:24:59+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Notans are perfect for symmetry, problem solving, critical thinking, Elements of Art, and can fit into any content area. You start with just a simple square of paper and it expands into an exciting work of art.  If you're [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Starting Small

By | 2017-06-29T10:20:17+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Teachers love their summer breaks.  It is a time to relax, recharge, reflect, and for many of us, reboot.  We take the necessary time we need and then begin thinking of the next year.  We may attend a professional [...]

School Spotlight: Fundraising with STEAM

By | 2017-06-09T10:15:42+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

As most of us know, schools often need fundraisers throughout the year to support various programs and purchase much needed supplies for their classrooms.  These typically involve parents selling various candles, bags and wrapping paper to help support the [...]

Creative Experience: Sketchbook Challenges

By | 2017-08-08T12:27:52+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Need some new sketchbook ideas?  Try Sketchbook Challenges!  They are perfect for building your students' creative skills in a low-stakes way that can be a personal collection of their own artistic and academic growth. What are sketchbook challenges? They [...]