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So, What Is a Big Idea?

This is part 2 of the Big Idea series. The first question I told you we would explore in this series is: What kinds of concepts are used for course themes? 967 more words

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Let's Talk About Big Ideas

It’s one of those buzz words in education: BIG IDEAS.  And we need to talk about it. Why? Because big ideas can be anything from a bit of jargon someone uses to try to land a job, to an incredibly powerful instructional strategy. 436 more words

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Feeding the Soul

I’d like to plead guilty. I am guilty of declaring that the arts feed the soul. I am guilty of reminding other educators that, for some students, arts classes are the only thing that gets them to school. 339 more words

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Teaching Experimentation

I bet your students don’t draw like this! And I’m sure you don’t teach them to, and that’s good. You shouldn’t… Not because it’s not great drawing. 616 more words

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The Darkroom is a STEAM Lab

I am proud to work in a district where we have thriving photography programs that includes darkroom photography. With today’s broad use and easy availability of digital photography, many secondary and post-secondary programs are allowing the darkroom to go the way of the dodo, but this is misguided in a time when schools are also putting significant resources toward developing STEM or STEAM labs. 413 more words

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Art Pacing Guides

I was recently asked if I had art pacing guides I could share. The short answer was ‘no’ but the person who asked was persistent enough that I really had to think about why this is. 1,244 more words

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How Does Art Measure Up in a Data-Driven Environment?

This week I have a team of teachers scoring assessment results from the past school year using a highly refined rubric… WAIT! I know what you are thinking… … 1,096 more words

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