EducationCloset https://educationcloset.com Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:09:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Honoring Introversion in the Classroom https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/honoring-introversion-classroom/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/honoring-introversion-classroom/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 21:52:55 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27596 I was the quiet kid in class. I looked to my peers who were so much more outgoing and gregarious than I was, and didn’t understand why I was different. I preferred to work alone. I needed solitude to recharge. And not much has changed in the decades since I sat in the classroom as [...]

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Positive Interactions in the Art Room https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/positive-interactions-in-the-art-room/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/positive-interactions-in-the-art-room/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:55:12 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27505 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 are a necessary positive foundation.   If students do not have a positive experience in school, [...]

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Lighting the Way: A Lighthouse STEAM Project https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/lighting-way-lighthouse-lesson/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/lighting-way-lighthouse-lesson/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:38:03 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27592 In 1787, George Washington proposed the construction of the first lighthouse in Maine at Cape Elizabeth.  After visiting this picturesque Portland Head Light, I returned to Texas lighthouse-smitten and determined to create a study of lighthouses for my class.  I wanted a design project that combined history, geography, science, construction, music, and language arts. An [...]

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Art Assessment Idea: Visualizing Growth https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/art-assessment-idea-visualizing-growth/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/art-assessment-idea-visualizing-growth/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:37:13 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27443 My students, like all artists, face hurdles when it comes to drawing. When they envision something in their head, they are automatically disappointed when the image on their paper doesn’t reflect their vision perfectly. This disappointment can turn to frustration and can become more defeating the older a student gets. When faced with these challenges, [...]

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1×5 Strategy for Creative Thinking https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/1x5-strategy-creative-thinking/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/1x5-strategy-creative-thinking/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:33:16 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27521   Have you ever asked a question in your classroom only to be met by blank stares?  Or maybe, you've asked the question and everyone starts sharing all their ideas, all the time.  In either of those scenarios, the 1x5 strategy is a perfect fit. WHAT IT IS The 1x5 strategy is a creative thinking strategy [...]

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Making Musical Connections https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/making-musical-connections/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/making-musical-connections/#comments Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:31:32 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27157 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 special ed. classes.  For as challenging as teaching can be at times, it never ceases to [...]

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Share Your Crush – #K12ArtChallenge https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/share-crush-k12artchallenge/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/share-crush-k12artchallenge/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:17:21 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27794 It’s no secret that we have a crush on Nic Hahn also known as @MiniMatisse.  She is an art teacher blogger supreme who shares everything with her community.  This month she took on the challenge of hosting both a chat and the monthly challenge and connecting to Valentines and making it extremely fun.  Nic challenged [...]

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Oil Pastel Arts Integration Technique https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/oil-pastel-arts-integration-technique/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/oil-pastel-arts-integration-technique/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:14:34 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27535 Today, I am sharing with you a visual art technique I was introduced to by Jean Van't Hul from The Artful Parent.  It's a perfect way to connect science and art through the idea of solvents.  This technique allows you to "paint" with oil pastels using vegetable oil.     DOWNLOAD THIS TECHNIQUE SHEET PDF [...]

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Arts Integration in the Red Zone https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/arts-integration-in-the-red-zone/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/arts-integration-in-the-red-zone/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:09:59 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=26543 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 teach students respect, responsibility, civility, and hope.  In these specialized classes there is often a concentrated [...]

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Animal Collective Noun Book Illustration Idea https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/animal-collective-group-illustrations-arts-integration-idea/ https://educationcloset.com/2017/04/01/animal-collective-group-illustrations-arts-integration-idea/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:04:38 +0000 https://educationcloset.com/?p=27428 You are probably familiar with a school of fish or a swarm of bees, but have you ever of a raft of otters, a dazzle of zebras, or a knot of toads? Animal collective nouns can be surprising and delightful. This Arts Integration idea uses scientific animal observational drawing and word definition/interpretation while incorporating visual art [...]

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