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Homeschooling, You don’t have to do it alone

auditing an AP Course from louise kane on Vimeo. As a child, I spent a lot of time playing school with my neighbors… I of course, was always the teacher. There were workbooks, worksheets, and projects involved in our pretend school, however, if I remember correctly ,  homework was optional. Sometimes in life, there just […]

schools teaching kids to stop thinking

I’ve mentioned several times that schools aren’t about teaching kids to be creative. Today we’re going to look at what schools are about. #99277622 / gettyimages.com   For my first few years of teaching I was much more of a rule follower, this caused me to believe that I had to have all of my […]

Tips on teaching kids to research

While sitting listening to an artist speak about his work and his process, he shared that he’s very intuitive in his process… college students ears perked, as they felt that this might be the ticket that they were waiting for… thinking that this might be the permission to ignore the professions….. the slip that told […]

The Connection between Empathy and Imagination

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. Maya Angelou What lessons are we teaching our students, our children? Do we even know? Are we stopping and taking the time to reflect, to think, to listen? I sat in the lunch room, and listened to stories of students […]

What to do with a degree in art

working at an art museum from amber kane on Vimeo. I was so excited about the conversation that I forgot to hit the full screen mode, so sorry for the clutter of my desktop.   Rebecca and I met in college, as we were both art majors, and both had a love for pottery…. we […]

AP Art: What is the difference between the 2D design portfolio and the Drawing portfolio

the difference between the drawing and 2D portfolio from louise kane on Vimeo. 2D and Drawing Checklist 2D Design   I want to explore photography in the class I like looking at and creating abstract art I”m interested in fashion design I enjoy working with mixed media I like to play with pattern I”m always […]

Why you need to embrace your strengths and forget your weakness

“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” – Eugene Delacroix We spend a lot of time… too much time actually… talking and thinking about what we’re not good at, and we do the same with kids and students.   When talking to parents I often hear, my child isn’t good […]

No creative ideas in the art room

Near the end of the school year when my brain wasn’t firing at it’s highest powers, my boss somehow got me agree to go to a 5 day AP art teacher training on my summer vacation.   Two weeks before leaving for this training, I couldn’t seem to imagine how I’d agreed to such a […]

A teacher’s journey to falling back in love with teaching

I’ve never been known to have a great ability to think before I speak, I open my mouth and words just start flowing. This is likely one of the qualities about me that my high school students find entertaining. Sometimes it’s a lack of a filter and others it’s blatant honesty, something that often is […]

Dear Students, What school forgot to teach you, a letter from your teacher

Dear Students, the things that we forgot to tell you while you were in school. Your test score does not define you…. in fact no one cares what you scored on the PSSA’s, Keystone, SAT, or ACT. Really after filling out your college application  (if you choose to do so) no one will ask you […]