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 | 2017-06-09T10:20:03+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Sketchbook Challenges are perfect for building your creative skills in a low-stakes way that can be a personal collection of your own artistic growth. What are sketchbook challenges? They are collections of artistic prompts to get your problem-solving creative [...]

The Power of Letting Go

By | 2017-06-09T10:26:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

A mentor of my mine always said, “Be the guide by their side, not the sage on the stage.”  I never quite realized what she was saying until I became a “well-seasoned teacher”.  And by that, I mean, old [...]

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 [...]

Insect Art: Chalk and Glue Technique

By | 2017-06-09T10:27:44+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Do you know the difference between a bug and an insect? Is there a difference? What about an insect and an arthropod? What category do caterpillars fall into? Identifying these scientific characteristics can be visualized using this glue and [...]

Tunnel Books For Arts Integration

By | 2017-06-12T07:55:38+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

Looking for an innovative way to introduce foreground, middleground, and background to your students? Want students to be able to create their own stages or settings for written plays? What about bringing Ancient Chinese Landscapes to life by creating [...]

Making Musical Connections

By | 2017-06-12T08:24:44+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

As a STEAM TOSA, I have the honor of working with over 600 TK-5th grade students throughout our district.  I see my classes on a 2 week rotation cycle and spend 90 minutes with regular ed., as well as [...]

Celebrating Shakespeare Through the Arts

By | 2017-06-12T08:55:58+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

April is the perfect month to bring some Shakespeare into your students' lives. William Shakespeare was born on approximately April 23, 1564. Unless you're a high school English teacher, his works may seem intimidating to teach. However, there are [...]

St. Patrick’s Day STEAM

By | 2017-06-14T09:19:58+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

If you’re relatively new to arts integration and STEAM, holidays are an easy entry point for experimenting with the approaches. You may be planning little holiday activities or parties, so with the same amount of preparation (or less!) [...]