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Cyber Monday Sale: Teachers Pay Teachers

It’s that time of year where you can hit the easy button and get no prep lessons at a discount. The Cyber Monday sale is in full swing on Teachers Pay Teachers. My entire shop is 25% off, use the code cyber21 at check out. You are in the home stretch to wrapping up the…

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Bookbinding & Sketchbooks in the Art Classroom

SKETCHBOOK OVERVIEW In twelve years teaching I have had every single class make their own sketchbook. This not only teaches them about bookbinding, but it also saves money from your budget. Sketchbooks are an incredibly valuable part of an art class from kindergarten through college. Their sketchbooks are a place to practice techniques and plan…

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A picture of my first day of school and last day of school.

An Art Teacher Journey: My Last Day of School

I recently made a major life change. Last fall, I decided the 2020-2021 school year would be my last year in the classroom. After kindergarten through senior year of high school, undergrad, graduate school, and twelve years as an art teacher, on May 21, 2021, I reached my last day of school. I taught for…

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Get your classroom set up for the first day.

7 Art Teacher Tips for Back to School

Never has back to school arrived so quickly. Thanks to the pandemic, after a summer that essentially lasted from April to August last year, May to August just doesn’t feel long enough. Even though it doesn’t seem fair, back to school is on the horizon, it’s time to gear up and get back to it…

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A picture of the beach in Mexico

Back to School TPT Sale 2021

TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS BACK TO SCHOOL SALE Another school year, another summer, and we are back again to back to school. I had a wonderful, relaxing summer (or at least as relaxing summer can be when you have a 5 and 3-year-old). I did have the opportunity to sneak off to Mexico with my high…

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Dear First Year Teachers Watercolor

Dear First-Year Teacher in a Pandemic

I remember going through college as an art education major and relentlessly hearing how challenging it is for a first-year teacher. After a while I internally rolled my eyes, silently repeating “I know, I know.” I heard it so many times the warnings fell on deaf ears. I graduated, got a job, set up my…

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