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Teaching Art to Children with Special Needs: AME 056

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Curriculum Planning, How to Teach Art, Inclusion/Special Needs Art Projects, Podcasts | 3 comments

Teaching Art to Children with Special Needs: AME 056

There is a huge effort to mainstream children with special needs but often teachers have no formal training in the special needs area. Debi London experienced this first hand as an art teacher and as a mother of a child with autism how important it is to be aware of the small things a teacher can do to create a warm, nurturing and inspiring environment for all children. This episode is for art teachers seeking inspiration and guidance from another art teacher who has walked the walk. Learn how Debi approaches her lessons, how she sets up her classroom to...

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How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 3 comments

How to Deal with Negative Feedback: AME 055

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...

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A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in How to Teach Art, Podcasts, Teaching Philosophies | 2 comments

A Conversation with a First Year Art Teacher: AME 054

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...

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6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Artroom Management, How to Teach Art, Podcasts | 3 comments

6 Factors for a Successful Management Plan: AME 053

Classroom management is one of the hardest elements of being an art teacher. If you don’t have a plan, philosophy or strategy then art-making takes a back seat. I believe it’s all about creating an environment in which your students look forward to coming to your class and equally important, creating an environment in which YOU want to come to class. Here are my 6 factors to consider when making your classroom management plan. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: Why the environment in the art room is so important to consider How I used my own energy as a...

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