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Why You Should Incorporate Arts Enrichment and STEAM into your classroom – A how-to guide for elementary teachers

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get creative in the classroom! No, I’m not talking about the latest TikTok dance trend (although, let’s be real, those are pretty fun), I’m talking about incorporating arts enrichment and STEAM into your curriculum. Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “But wait, I’m a math teacher, what do I know about […]

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) […]

What do teachers hate more than glitter?

Report cards! Yep, 100 percent, I hate writing report cards more than I hate glitter. And that’s saying something. Ok, I’ll be honest… not ALL art teachers hate glitter, but I’m pretty sure 99.9% of us do. I don’t know what it’s like in your province or state, but over here in Quebec Progress Reports are due home before October […]

How to teach Art without actually teaching “Art”

Tell me, friend, have you been looking for ways to teach Art without actually teaching “Art” to your students? Well, search no longer my friend, because I have five great suggestions for you to try. Right. Here.  I don’t know what’s behind my fascination with Tim Burton is these days, but I can’t help but re-watch all of his movie classics. As […]

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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