April 12, 2019
12 Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art

12 Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art

It’s the age-old question; how do we balance teaching art and making art? While we know creating is vital to our well-being, finding the time to do so can seem like an impossible task. Plus, what works for one art teacher may not work for another. To help with this conundrum, I reached out to several of my art teacher heroes. Together we’ll share our best tips for balancing it all. Here are 12 Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art 1. Use art to make memories. Several years ago, I started to seriously consider how much I was enjoying the process of drawing, doodling, and experimenting with media. It dawned on me that perhaps I should do this weekly using the journal prompts I teach my students. So, I started to do the same prompt-based art journal work weekly I required my students to do. Not only did I […]
April 25, 2019
8 Things to Do When Teaching is Taking a Toll on You

8 Things to Do When Teaching is Taking a Toll on You

Teachers are leaving the field of education at a record rate. Whether it is the lack of resources, the toll of test taking, escalated student behaviors, or not feeling supported; teachers continue to leave the profession for a variety of reasons.  The number of students enrolling in teacher education programs has dropped, and you’ve probably even noticed the shortage of substitute teachers. Have you ever felt like leaving the teaching profession? Are you feeling burnout? Is your passion for teaching not like it once was? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s no question that teaching is taking a toll on you mentally or physically. If you have similar feelings, take a look at the following eight ways you can check in on yourself to relieve some of your stress. 1. Unplug Technology is part of how we function. We use it in our classrooms daily, for […]