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How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

By on May 24, 2017 | 0 comments

The absolute worst experience for any teacher is receiving a negative comment from a parent or peer. When the negative comment comes in the form of an email asking why you disciplined a child the way you did, you start to question everything. But it doesn’t have to derail your efforts. By examining the perspective of both the parent, student and the teacher, you start to see that everyone is after the same thing. This week’s episode answers a question from a Sparkler. Here’s the question: How do you balance all the positive feedback with that one email from a parent about how you’ve disciplined their child and they dread coming to art? IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How there are three groups of people involved in an escalation of emotions Why it’s beneficial to establish relationships with as many parents as you can Why you should try to avoid connecting with parents via email How it’s important to get to know the children outside of the classroom (like on the playground, for example) Why feeding the negative energy of a parent will not provide a resolution Why children respond best to a consistent classroom management plan and how that builds trust LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE ARE A FEW THINSG TO KEEP IN MIND: 1. Parent’s Perspective Allow parents to explain or vent or say what they have to say. Don’t feed or antagonize the situation by explaining what was really going on. They don’t want to hear it…at least not yet. You never know what kind of day this person has had. It feels horrible to be on the wrong end of someone’s bad day so allowing space for the person to vent is the fastest way to resolution. Accept responsibility and suggest a solution. Tell her you understand how hard it can be to understand what goes on inside a classroom. Students are very different with parents than with teachers. And kids are different with one teacher than another. 2. Student’s Perspective All students want to be good. They want to learn. They want to come to class. No kid wants to go to class with a grumpy teacher or a teacher who is always mad at...

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A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

By on May 17, 2017 | 2 comments

Teaching art to kids in your home or at school for the very first time is exciting, but challenging. Developing your teaching style, understanding how children create, and determining what style of lessons to teach can be a slow process. Today’s show features Deep Space Sparkle member, Lesly Chamate from Florida. As a first time art teacher, Lesly joined our Sparkler community to learn how to teach art to kids. Over the past year she has grown from a mom unsure how to teach art to kids to dreaming of how to expand her small studio to reach even more kids and adults. We chat about how to manage children working at different paces, how to deliver art instructions so all children are eager to participate and how to optimize an art studio with limited space. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: What the differences are between teaching inside and outside of the home How to set the right intention when kids want to do their own thing How Lesly has evolved as an art teacher by constantly learning new things What you can do when your children work at different paces Why a curious teacher is the best type of teacher How you don’t have to do everything when starting out, but build from where you’re at What Lesly is doing to grow as an artist and ways she’s looking to expand what services she offers LISTEN TO THE SHOW SHOW NOTES Laura Lohmann’s, Painted Paper Art Rachelle Doorley’s, Tinker Lab Creativebug Creative Boot Camp with Lisa Congdon Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothman (affiliate link) Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way by Jennifer Orkin Lewis (affiliate link) Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas by Dr.Sally Hodson & Ann Jones (affiliate...

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The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

The 5 Worst Mistakes I made as an Art Teacher

By on Apr 2, 2017 | 23 comments

    If you have taught art for any length of time, no doubt you have accumulated a few misses in your teaching strategy. I know I have. Like many of you, when I first began teaching, I had no idea if a project I read about in a book would work with my students. If it looked fun and doable, I would try it. What I didn’t know is that there are some basic strategies that every art teacher should know. And since I didn’t know them and learned the hard way, I want to share them with you…. Here are my top 5 art teacher...

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How to Incorporate STEAM Projects Into Your Art Room: AME 045

How to Incorporate STEAM Projects Into Your Art Room: AME 045

By on Mar 15, 2017 | 3 comments

Are you wondering what STEAM based art education is all about?  Art teacher Amy Zschaber will shine the light on what’s possible for art educators. Quite honestly, I was never a fan of replacing studio arts with anything digital or math related. Now I realize how short sighted I was. Amy describes an art curriculum that is rich in both creativity and discovery. In this episode, Amy shares her journey as an art educator, how she went from confused to confident and strategies to make the best in a struggling school environment.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Amy designs lesson plans to fit with the environment she’s teaching in How having the proper credentials gives you a new sense of confidence How a STEAM project differs from other art projects Tips on how art teachers can work with general education teachers in regards to lesson plans How overcoming limitations, like lack of supplies, can be the foundation of really great lessons The importance of changing your mindset for the children Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast App.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher.     SHOW NOTES: Amy’s blog Artful Arts Amy Piskel App Faces iMake App Moma Art Lab App for iPad Digital Art Specialist Tricia Fuglestad   Christopher Sweeney Ultimaker Website Amy Zschaber is an award-winning Art teacher from California. She began teaching in 2005 after discovering she had a “knack” for putting steps to elaborate art-based projects as a summer camp instructor. Her blog, Artful Artsy Amy shares her most popular STEAM based Art Units with...

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How I teach Directed Line Drawings

How I teach Directed Line Drawings

By on Mar 13, 2017 | 3 comments

You either love ’em art hate ’em. Directed drawings can be the antithesis of your art philosophy or your biggest joy. I happen to fall a bit in between. I used directed line drawings (or guided drawings) with my younger set to get them accustomed to art room procedures, pacing and listening skills. And while achieving these things is great for the teacher, directed drawings also provide an enormous benefits to children. This video, podcast (below) and PDF download will help you identify when directed drawings are beneficial and when they need to be replaced with observational drawings. Listen to Art Made Easy 025: All About Guided Drawings To download the PDF, click the YELLOW box, add your name and email and you will automatically receive the download. Check your...

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How to Engage, Inspire and Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey: AME 042

How to Engage, Inspire and Create Art Room Magic with Sally Haughey: AME 042

By on Feb 22, 2017 | 4 comments

On today’s episode, I’m talking with Sally Haughey from Fairy Dust Teaching. If you’re not familiar with her work, you really need to check out her blog, Fairy Dust Teaching.  Sally and I chat about the best way to engage young children in the art making space. You’ll learn why the method Sally uses is just so important and effective with not only young children, but ones of all ages. This episode is for anyone who struggles with finding the right balance between a creative art-making space and behavioral expectations. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How Sally decided to become a teacher based on her own struggles and her children’s struggles in the public school system How she saw the arts change the lives of at-risk children Why Sally says TRUST is the most important thing when it comes to classroom management for at-risk children How and why songs hold children’s attention better than anything else What three things Sally does when children enter the art room How Sally teaches art projects with a wide range of ages How Sally addresses poor behavior with the children in the classroom What is the difference between Reggio and Waldorf-inspired art and how Sally uses both in her teachings How Sally gauges the rhythm of her classroom in order to maintain a positive flow     Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast App.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher.   For all the budding singers out there, DOWNLOAD SALLY’S ART SONGS PDF to get you started…. Just click the blue box, enter your name and email and I will email you the PDF. Make sure to check your junk mail (or promotions folder in gmail). SHOW NOTES:  Fairy Dust Teaching Website Teacher Resources on Fairy Dust Teaching...

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