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This Month Has Got Me Seeing Red

Wait, let me rephrase that: This month has got me feeling disorganized, unfocused, and all over the place. I don’t know why I’ve been feeling so scattered-brained these days. Usually, I don’t stress about what I should teach next. But ever since this school year began, I feel like I’m not quite up to my personal standards (as a teacher) […]

Here are 5 Art Resources you could use in your classroom

Sketchbook Drawing Prompts Sketchbook assignments became a staple in my upper elementary art classes years ago when I started teaching off a cart. Initially intended for my students to complete as homework, it has also served as busy-work for my notorious early finishers and as emergency sub plans. I love this resource because: it offers students choice & variety, meanwhile setting parameters […]

Crispy Plants and Cat Poop [+ Download my FREE Seed Experiment Brochure]

Yup. That’s precisely what awaited us upon our return from the Maritimes, nearly 3 years ago. Sure, our (now deceased) cats were always terrible roommates. Well… mostly Phoebe was a terrible roommate. Unfortunately, she was also our eldest daughter’s favorite and we were obviously stuck with her; an until-death-do-us-part sort of thing. My husband was adamant that cats can be […]

What are we doing today, Ms. Hope?

These are often the words that my students greet (let’s be honest–bombard) me with me each and every time I enter their classroom for Art.  But hey, it sure beats hearing: “Ugh, not Art with Ms. Hope!” Ouch, right?  Unfortunately, I’ve heard it on far too many occasions as an art specialist (perhaps you have too!). Mind you, those exact […]

Earth Day 2022

I’ve just got to share this story with you! Last Monday, during Science class, I decided to take the opportunity to talk about Earth Day with my 3rd graders (we had just wrapped up a unit on the Water Cycle and Clouds). I started out the class with a cute video about all the things we can do to help the planet […]

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