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Imposter Syndrome

I have a teacher-author-related confession to make… I suffer from “imposter syndrome”. When I embarked on this journey of becoming a teacher seller on Teachers Pay Teachers in October 2020, I thought it would be a fun thing to try out as a side-hustle. You know, a fun way to make a few extra dollars to support my hobbies while […]

A New Home Office For this Teacherpreneur!

Friends, I received the most thoughtful, wonderful gift from my husband this past Christmas: a home office makeover! If you follow me over on Instagram, you might have read the post (at the very beginning of the school year) where I shared a small, yet new, home office space set up in the brightest corner of our downstairs family room. […]

New year, new office, new plans.

Siiiiigh. And so it begins! It’s a whole other year at my new school, and we’re Year Two into this everlasting COVID-19 pandemic.  But this year feels different. Maybe because I’ve got a new outlook on it all.  For one, I’m now fully vaccinated! Second, I no longer have to wear protective eyewear aka foggy googles when I teach. And […]

Planning for Stop Motion Success with Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 [+ Stop Motion Checklist Freebie Download]

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you may have figured out by now that I am an advocate for cross-curricular learning, especially when it comes to educational activities or lessons that involve STEAM. (In case you didn’t know, the acronym STEAM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.) Being the art specialist that I am, I’ve taught […]

7 Keys to Staying Organized on a Cart

Are you an art teacher struggling to get organized? Are you new to teaching off a cart and just don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you are limited for time and just want to prioritize what really matters, though a cute and colorful art cart never hurt anyone. Well, friend, I wrote this post with you in mind. I […]

Art-On-A-Cart: Sanitary Measures

Those dreaded sanitary measures… can we all agree that they just SUCK?! Aside from having to wear a procedural mask and safety glasses from 8am to 3pm, sanitization of art materials was probably the part I worried about the most upon my return from a year-long maternity back in December 2020. It’s important to note that sanitary measures will vary […]

We’ve Moved!

I did it, I took the plunge! A little sooner than expected, though I’ve been looking forward to this moment for months. If you look right above, in the address bar, you’ll see: hopesmartstudios.com. YES, that’s right, I went out and bought my very own slice of the Interwebs! Truth be told, web design and blogging is something I used […]

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