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Part of being an effective educator is to grow professionally. The world of education is ever-changing, which means we must learn new methods, strategies, and skills.

Art curriculum is generally open-ended, which can be both liberating and overwhelming. When adapting art units/lessons for various grade levels, I always make adjustments to suit the needs of my students. I typically make my own presentations, handouts, visual resources, and create art examples for students to use as a guide for their work. Fortunately, there are many resources out there to spark ideas, and some teachers are kind enough to share their lesson plans and presentations.

Below, I've compiled lists of websites and downloadable documents. These are resources that I have sought out or created, and they are categorized alphabetically by different topics. Some links were shared by visitors to my website. I plan to keep this section updated as necessary.

Art Education

General Education

Ducksters: educational site with various categories and games

Edmodo: collaborative educational site that uses a similar format as social networks


Essential Questions

QR Code Generator

The Cornerstone


Crafts & Games

Color Method Matching Game: match colors on the color wheel

Fashion Activities: Shout out to Alex for this list of free instructions, patterns, and tutorials!

Kids' Guide to Scrapbooking: Shout out to Samantha and Paige for this guide and additional scrapbooking links!

Trycolors Matching Game: Match colors by mixing different amounts of colors together

Image, Music, and Recording

Free Music Archive: interactive library of legal audio downloads

Screencast-O-Matic: screen recording service (great for tutorials!)

View Pure: Watch YouTube videos without commercials

Vocaroo: voice recording service

Presentation and Assessment Tools

Animoto: video slideshows

Kahoot: game-based learning

Linoit: interactive digital sticky-note canvas (similar to Padlet)

Nearpod: interactive presentation and assessment tool; ability to import existing PowerPoint presentations

Padlet: interactive digital bulletin board

PowToon: animated videos and presentations

Wellness Education

Action for Happiness: articles, calendars, and toolkits for schools

Growth Mindset Poster: PDF version, from Apperson

Random Acts of Kindness: lesson plans and kindness prompts

Social and Emotional (SEL) Competencies: PDF version, from CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

Teacher Toolkit for Establishing a Culturally Proficient Classroom: Word Document, from Loyola University

The Three R's of Mindfulness in Education: PDF version, by Daniel Rechtschaffen

The Tree of Contemplative Practices: JPG version, from CMind
(The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society)

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