What Are I-Statements?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


I statements are used to let someone know that you feel strongly about something without putting them on defense.  They can let the other person know that you own the feeling and are trying to deal with it yourself, but that you need help from them, without blaming them for the feeling.

For example, students might say, “I am feeling left out because I haven’t had a chance to join your game” instead of “you never let me play”.   

Why Are No Two Snowflakes Alike?

Monday, October 10, 2016
We've all heard that there are no two snowflakes alike.  
But have you ever wondered why?
I wanted to make a snowflake drawing page, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do some investigating about snowflakes!  I learned that there is a lot of science and make that goes into making those beautiful snowflakes. 

Preserving Leaves with Glycerin

Monday, October 3, 2016


Melting Crayons

Friday, September 30, 2016

Coloring Eggs

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Robot Art Lesson Ideas

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Robots are such a great theme for an art lesson!  Students can let their imaginations go wild while thinking of all kinds of tasks that the robots can perform.  Robots also offer a chance to practice a few different lesson objectives, as the examples below will demonstrate.

Assessing the Thought Process

Thursday, October 22, 2015



I read a blog post by Melissa Purtee that asserts that we should be assessing learning not just the work.  Or at least using a balanced approach that includes assessing both the learning and the work.  
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