Everyday Art Room

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Everyday Art Room, with Nic Hahn, is a look into the world of elementary art, offering advice, stories, and ideas to improve your teaching.

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Ep. 109 - Using Humor in the Art Room
21:09

Humor is a very interesting tool to use in the classroom, and it can be used for good. But sometimes, it can bring about some not-so-good consequences as well. In today's episode, Nic talks about how humor can be fun, but we still need to be careful with what we say to our kids. Listen for her advice on cutting out sarcasm, getting people to laugh, and the best ways to relate to the students in your classroom. 

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Sep 19, 2019
Ep. 107 - Collecting Art in Your Personal Life
23:28

You never know when inspiration will strike, especially when it comes to art. In today's episode, Nic discusses the importance of collecting art and how art can improve your surroundings. Listen as she discusses whom she reaches out to and why, what she's looking for in the art she collects, and how her collection makes her a better teacher.

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Creating a Welcome Wall 
Ways to Balance Teaching Art and Creating Art
7 Ways to Add Fuel to Your Artistic Fire

Sep 05, 2019
Ep. 106 - Emily Compton Interview
27:13

Assessment can be difficult. But when you do them right, they can turn your art classroom into a more fun, positive place that is authentic and accessible. Today, Emily Compton is on the show to share some of her best games for assessing her students. Listen as she talks to Nic about critical thinking, creativity, and why assessments are strongest when they are based on a strong, scaffolded art curriculum. 

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Aug 29, 2019
Ep. 105 - Flipping the Classroom
20:29

Do you flip your classroom? Should you? For a lot of teachers, it can be a huge help for your teaching. Nic has been flipping her classroom for years, and in this episode, she will tell you all about flipped videos, how you make those videos, and most importantly, how you use those videos with your students to enhance your instruction.  

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Aug 22, 2019
Ep. 104 - Goal or Soul
17:21

As teachers, we always have far too much on our plates and far too many things to do. Today, Nic has some advice on one way that you can handle things--Goal or Soul. When you are deciding on whether to take on something new, you need to ask yourself "Does this reach a goal? Does this feed my soul?" Listen as she discusses the importance of these questions and breaks down her decision-making process.  

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Aug 15, 2019
Ep. 103 Small Concept in a Big Way
18:37

One of elementary art teachers' biggest struggles is the lack of time. If you don't have the time you need, how do you make learning stick? In this episode, Nic talks about how we can get information to our kids in a memorable way. Listen as she talks about how to approach this idea in your classroom, how to take the concept across classes, and how to make it fun. 

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Aug 08, 2019
Ep. 102 - Setting Up Your Classroom For Success
20:14

At the beginning of the year, the big question looms over everything: how will you set up and organize your classroom this year? In this episode, Nic talks you through her art room and gives her best advice on how to set up your studio for success. Listen as she discusses flow and layout, procedures and routines, and what you may want to focus on this school year. 

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Aug 01, 2019
Ep. 101 - Bringing Artists Into Your Classroom with Billy Kheel
30:03

On the same day Nic and Billy present at the Art Ed Now conference, they are together on the podcast as well! Today they tell the story of their collaborative work at Nic's school in Minnesota. Listen as they discuss the power of collaboration, the benefits of a visiting artist, and all the reasons you need to try to get an artist into your school soon.  

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Jul 25, 2019
Ep. 100 - Artist Trading Cards
22:47

If you follow Nic's blog or social media accounts, you know all about the Artist Trading Card swap. In today's episode, she talks about the story behind how the swap got started and how her first trade kept her interested in doing more. Listen as she discusses why you might want to do a swap, the benefits for your students, and some how-tos if you want to implement it in your classroom.  

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Jul 18, 2019
Ep. 99 - Introduction to Nic Hahn
17:30

As you may have heard, the Everyday Art Room podcast has a new host this week--Nic Hahn! You may know Nic from her Mini Matisse blog, her Instagram, or her many Art Ed Now conference presentations. Today, she welcomes you to her debut episode of Everyday Art Room! Listen as she discusses what to expect from her show, what to expect from her, and why she wants to share everything that is happening in her classroom. 

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Jul 11, 2019
Ep. 98 - Cassies Final Episode
21:04

There are so many things that classroom teachers don't understand about what we do in the art room. In her final episode, Cassie discusses the unique things we do as art teachers and how we can help everyone else understand our challenges. To close the show, she shares some special thank yous with everyone who played a part in making this show a success and passes the torch to Nic Hahn as she takes over as the host of Everyday Art Room.  

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Jul 01, 2019
Ep. 97 - New Ideas for Next Year
25:10

It's summer, and we're mostly kind of taking a break from all things school-related. But can you use that time to get excited to get ready for the next school year? Listen as Cassie talks about what ideas she might want to incorporate in the next school year. Listen as she discusses the benefits of being proactive, Tiny Art Shows, and why she wants her kids to collaborate even more in the fall. 

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Jun 20, 2019
Ep. 96 - The Summer Mailbag is Here
29:29

Today, Cassie devotes the entire episode to answering listener and reader questions from Facebook, Instagram, email, and other social media. Take a listen as she talks about classroom expectations and reward systems, how we can teach everything we want, and how to get ready to take on a new art room.  

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Jun 13, 2019
Ep. 95 - Keeping Your Head in the Game Over the Summer
30:12

Once summer break starts, the last thing you want to think about is how you're going to start next year. And yes--you need to take a break, cut loose from school, and clear your head. But even just a little preparation can make you feel better when the new year rolls around. Listen as Cassie discusses what you should and shouldn't do, why you need time to relax, and the small things you can do to start next year off right.  

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Jun 06, 2019
Ep. 94 - Making Field Day Worthwhile
29:32

From painting hundreds of faces to sidewalk chalk to snow cones (and the resulting ants), Cassie has some stories about her field day experiences. But there are better ways to do meaningful work on those sometimes chaotic field days! Listen as Cassie discusses her collaborative activities, painting stations, and other ideas you can take to your field day this year! 

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May 30, 2019
Ep. 93 - Getting Administration on Board with Art Room Ideas
31:03

How is your relationship with your administration? Every administrator is different, but a good teacher knows how to advocate for their own program with every type. Listen today as Cassie discusses how to best work with your admins, how to build support for your kids and your art room, and how to develop your situation to help you become the best teacher you can be.  

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May 23, 2019
Ep. 92 - What Does Your Teacher Desk Look Like?
29:29

What does your teacher desk look like? And what does that say about you? If it's a mess, it probably just means you have other priorities. In this episode, Cassie talks about how to avoid that teacher desk battle and embrace the mess that sometimes comes with being creative. Listen as she discusses the setup of her desk, what her workspace looks like, and how to approach your desk if you finally want to be organized.   

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May 16, 2019
Ep. 91 - Tackling the Summer To-Do List
28:47

We all have our to-do list covering what we want to accomplish over the summer. Some goals are personal, some are professional, but all of them are meaningful. So how do we accomplish them? That remains the important question. In this episode, listen as Cassie talks about her own goals, how we accomplish them, and how we need to approach our summer vacation.  

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May 09, 2019
Ep. 90 - Using the End of the Year to Try Out New Ideas
35:35

As we approach the end of the school year, we are always on the lookout for what we are going to fill that time. There never seems to be a perfect solution, so why not try something new? Today, Cassie talks about why unexpected lessons keep your kids engaged, ideas for new lessons you can try, and why finding success with new methods can build your confidence. 

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May 02, 2019
Ep. 89 - 5 Things Cooperating Teachers and Student Teachers Need to Know
27:06

When it comes to cooperating teachers and student teachers, there is a lot to learn--from both ends of the spectrum. Cassie is here today with advice and her top tips for all involved. Listen as she discusses what we can learn from our student teachers, why we need to give them space (literally and figuratively), and what you need to do to help your student teacher find their voice.  

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Apr 25, 2019
Ep. 88 - Sculpture Ideas for the Art Room
31:55

Sculpture is the medium most commonly ignored by elementary art teachers. But your kids deserve to create in three dimensions, and Cassie has some ideas on how to bring some sculptural lessons into your classroom! Listen as she discusses her favorite materials and where to find them, her favorite projects to teach, and why your students love to sculpt.  

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Apr 18, 2019
Ep. 87 - A Better Way to Write Sub Plans
30:51

We all know that it's easier to go to school sick than it is to write sub plans. And who knows what kind of a sub will even be in your room? Today, Cassie tackles the topic of substitutes and how to prepare for them. Listen as she discusses the two types of sub plans, why you need your specials team on speed dial, and everything you need to put inside your sub tub.  

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Apr 11, 2019
Ep. 86 - The Best Childrens Books for Art Teaching
31:14

Could the most dangerous store for an art teacher to visit actually be the bookstore? For Cassie, it is, and in this episode, she talks about some of her favorite children's books. Listen as she discusses her favorite children's books, her favorite authors, and how she uses books in her classroom.  

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Apr 04, 2019
Ep. 85 - Why Not Put Yourself Out There
33:52

When opportunities come your way--whether that be presenting, bringing art to your community, sharing lessons, or anything else--should you put yourself out there? Cassie says yes. Listen as she discusses her own story on how and why she started sharing ideas from her art room, how to promote your unique voice, and how presenting can actually improve your teaching.  

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Mar 28, 2019
Ep. 84 - The Worlds Most Okayest Art Teacher
34:32

A lot of days throughout the year, we're just feeling 'okay'. Not great, not amazing, and definitely not comparing well to all of the art teachers you see on social media. But it's okay to be just okay. Listen to Cassie's advice on working through those days, the ways in which you can stay positive, and how you can still provide a positive experience for your kids. 

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Mar 21, 2019
Ep. 83 - Top 10 Tips for an Amazing Art Show
33:16

Art shows are absolutely the most stressful time of the year for art teachers. How can we simplify, and how can we make the art show as effective as it can be? Cassie has some ideas, and she's going to share her top 10 tips in this episode for your art show. Listen as she discusses what has changed in her 15 years of art shows, how to know how much you can handle with your show, and a few interactive ideas that can be implemented with simplicity.  

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Mar 14, 2019
Ep. 82 - Why Saying No is the Best Answer Yet
31:58

For everything you say yes to, you have to say no to something else. What are you willing to give up, and is it worth your students' instructional time? In this episode, Cassie talks about her decision making when it comes to all the extras, including her thoughts on art contests, fundraisers, and what she chooses to do instead in her classroom. 

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Mar 07, 2019
Ep. 81 - The Art Teaching Secret No One Wants to Talk About
32:26

Every teacher faces feelings of burnout in their teaching career. Why don't we talk about it more? In this episode, Cassie talks about the issues every teacher faces, and how to approach those issues. Listen as she discusses saying no to anything that doesn't benefit your students, the many reasons you might be experiencing burnout, and what you can do about that feeling moving forward. 

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Feb 28, 2019
Ep. 80 - What Makes You Want to Become an Art Teacher
32:29

How did you become an art teacher? What (or who) was your inspiration? In this episode, Cassie shares her own story and encourages other teachers to do the same. Listen as she discusses her own history as an artist, her experience in college, and her first job as a teacher. 

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Feb 21, 2019
Ep. 79 - 5 Ways to Reassert Yourself as an Artist
28:32

What happens when we don't do art on a regular basis? Does that make us less successful as an art teacher? Absolutely not, says Cassie. But at the same time, we should still be creating and working to improve both as an artist and as a teacher. In this episode, she discusses why you need to spend some time creating work, why and how you need to improve as an artist, and how to take advantage of your PD opportunities. 

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Feb 14, 2019
Ep. 78 - Simple Strategies for Managing Misbehavior
28:34

Getting help from your specials team or other colleagues, why observing classroom teachers can be worthwhile, and how to deal with kids one-on-one when dealing with behaviors. 

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Feb 07, 2019
Ep. 77 - Assuaging Your Art Teacher Guilt
26:13

We have a lot of struggles as art teachers, and sometimes it's best to just talk about how we are feeling. Are we doing enough for our students? Can we really do it all in the art room? The answer is probably not--and that's okay. We don't need to feel guilty about it! Listen as Cassie talks about all the things she wishes she could do in her art room, why you shouldn't panic when you feel guilty, and the value of a good support system.   

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Jan 31, 2019
Ep. 76 - Forget Tidying Up. Art Teachers Need to Hoard.
30:42

Tidying Up is all the rage on Netflix right now, and Marie Kondo has everyone throwing out their treasures. But can any art teacher reconcile that thinking with what is actually happening in their classroom? In this episode, Cassie talks about why we need to hoard a lot of different things, including toothbrushes, pom poms, and about 20 other items. She might even have a few ideas on how to use everything you're about to start collecting.

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Jan 24, 2019
Ep. 75 - Here Comes Another Mailbag
31:03

Today, Cassie devotes the entire episode to answering listener and reader questions from Facebook, Instagram, email, and other social media. Take a listen as she talks about what we should love and appreciate about our jobs, why you need some bingo daubers in your room, and how you can deal with 42 Pre-K kids at the same time.  

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Jan 17, 2019
Ep. 74 - Keep Up with Organization by Keeping it Simple
28:31

We all see the spotless, perfect classrooms with impeccable organization. Should an art room look like that? Can an art room look like that? Probably not--but there are still ways to stay organized. In this episode, Cassie discusses why keeping things simple is the way to go, her systems for organization, and why these ideas can make your life a little easier. 

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Jan 10, 2019
Ep. 073 - Making the Most of Every Minute
27:30

We know that the life of an art teacher is hectic, and the schedule can be nonstop. So how do you calm the chaos and make the most of your instructional time? In today's episode, Cassie talks about what to do when you need an extra minute to set up at the beginning of class, strategies for more effective transitions, and ideas to keep kids engaged the entire time they are in your classroom.  

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Jan 03, 2019
Ep. 72 - Focusing on Yourself in the New Year
30:05

Winter break is the perfect time to step away from school and start making some things happen for yourself. Whether that is a New Year's resolution or takes some other form, now is the time to get started! Listen to Cassie as she discusses her past resolutions, why you should share goals with your "yay"-sayers, and why you have to start somewhere.  

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Dec 27, 2018
Ep. 71 - 5 Things that Need to Change in 2019
31:10

As Cassie looks back at 2018 and reflects on what is and isn't working, she is starting to determine her goals for 2019. Listen as she talks about her upcoming plans for dealing with student behavior, time management, and how to make your supply organization and preparation easier when there's so much to do.  

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Dec 20, 2018
Ep. 70 - Why Its Time to Host a Craft Night
29:19

Hosting a craft night can help you unwind, reflect with friends, make some art and have some great conversation. Listen as Cassie talks about the usual suspects on her invite list, the best time to host a craft night, and the best activities that can get everyone involved.  

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Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 69 - How to Teach Your Students to Properly Use Supplies
29:27

How important is it for our kids to know the correct techniques and the right ways to utilize supplies? For Cassie, it's vital. Listen as she talks about the benefits of students learning to use supplies correctly, how students' knowledge of supplies can eliminate frustration, and how you can develop confidence in your kids when they learn the right tool for the right job. 

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Dec 06, 2018
Ep. 068 - Ways to Survive Until Winter Break Arrives
26:16

We all know the struggle of actually making it through the last few weeks until winter break. But how do we survive, and maybe even thrive, in that time? In today's episode, Cassie shares her 5 best tips on getting through until break without pulling out your hair. Listen as she discusses how to be flexible without being taken advantage of, how to stay focused on your curriculum, and the best ways to deal with the stress that comes with this time of year.  

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Nov 29, 2018
Ep. 067 - It Wont Always Be Perfect
31:40

Mistakes are a part of artmaking, but it can be difficult to explain that idea to our students--especially our kids who want everything to be perfect. It is important to help kids find the joy in art and teach kids to learn from their mistakes. In this episode, Cassie shares some ideas for doing so. She discusses how to talk about growth mindset with your students, drawing exercises and activities that guide students toward success, and why you need to demonstrate a few mistakes and show what to do with them. 

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Nov 15, 2018
Ep. 066 - How to Improve the Situation You're In
29:48

Last week, Cassie talked about what to do when it's time to find a new situation. But what do you do if a new job isn't an option? There are ways to make the best of a bad situation. In this episode, Cassie talks about why you need to stand up for yourself, speak up for yourself, and how to come up with solutions to help better your situation. 

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Nov 08, 2018
Ep. 065 - When Do You Need to Find a New Situation
27:46

Should you stay or should you go? How do you know when a teaching situation has become toxic, and how do you know when it's time to move on? In this episode, Cassie talks about deciding whether you are in the right environment, how to deal with colleagues and administration, and why you need to always be open to a new opportunity.  

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Nov 01, 2018
Ep. 064 - Guide to Guided Drawing
28:32

Do you teach guided drawing to your students? Cassie thinks she has found just the right balance between those strategies and a more open-ended emphasis. Cassie goes through the pros and cons of guided drawing, how she incorporates individuality and creativity in the guided drawing experience, and how to make that experience stress-free for her students.  

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Oct 25, 2018
Ep. 063 - Sew What?! Sewing in the Elementary Art Room
34:05

As Cassie continues to talk about her love for fibers, it's time to dive into sewing in the art room! In today's episode, Cassie discusses everything you need to get started sewing with your kids in the art room. Listen as she talks about when and why to try new things in the art room, her favorite ways to teach sewing basics, and why kids love sewing their own creations.  

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Oct 18, 2018
Ep. 062 - Tips for Your Most Successful Art Class
28:53

What do you do when you have a class where everything seems to crash and burn? It doesn't need to be the end of the world. Cassie has 10 tips for you to help everything run more smoothly in your classroom. Listen as she gives advice on how to read your audience, strategies on how to calm your classes, and why a slow transition to quiet talking can be welcomed by your kids. 

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Oct 11, 2018
Ep. 061 - Its Time for the Mailbag
27:24

Today, Cassie devotes the entire episode to answering listener and reader questions from Facebook, Instagram, email, and other social media. Take a listen as she talks about working with chalk on ceiling tiles, why she hates glue bottles, and how she takes care of herself and keeps her energy up throughout the year. 

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Oct 04, 2018
Ep. - 060 A Deep Dive into Teaching Weaving
31:34

You are at your best when you are teaching where your passion lies, and for Cassie, fiber arts is one of those passions. In particular, she wants to share her excitement about all things weaving! In this episode, she talks about why weaving is a great introduction to fibers, her favorite books to help teach weaving, and how to begin teaching vocabulary and techniques with each grade level.  

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Sep 27, 2018
Ep. 059 - Important Tips for Painting with Children
31:41

There are so many ideas out there about the best ways to teach painting and organize the supplies in your art room. Cassie has decided to put all of her ideas on the topic into a single episode. Listen as she talks about her favorite supplies, her best management strategies, and sprinkles some of her best tips and tricks throughout the episode. 

 

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Sep 20, 2018
Ep. - 058 What Scares You as a Teacher
29:04

No matter how long you have been teaching, there are still areas of instruction that can make you apprehensive. So what are those weak spots, and how do you deal with them? Join Cassie in this episode as she discusses teaching clay with no kiln or ceramics experience, dealing with the expectations of your colleagues, and how to begin teaching in areas outside of your comfort zone. 

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Sep 13, 2018
Ep. - 057 Staying Passionate About Your Teaching
23:16

Most teachers are feeling the excitement of coming back to a new school year, but what if that isn't the case? What if you're losing your passion? Cassie wants you to know that you're not alone, and in this episode, she discusses how to combat those feelings. She talks about paying attention to how you feel about the new school year (4:00), ideas on how to take care of yourself (7:30), and trying new and creative ways to teach your old projects (14:00). 

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Sep 06, 2018
Ep. 054 - The First Days of School
27:18

It is back to school time, and after 20 years, Cassie might finally have all the answers. Okay, probably not. But she does share some of her best practices for the beginning of the year, the first routines she teaches (4:45), why she uses video to reinforce some of the most important ideas (9:15), and how she establishes a collaborative culture in her art room (15:00). 

 

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Aug 16, 2018
Ep. 053 - Leading Schoolwide Art PD for Your Colleagues
27:55

It's back to school time, which means it's time for PD as well. But what if you are the one in charge of your school's PD? Cassie has some advice and some plans for you, including why it can be intimidating presenting in front of your colleagues (7:00), how to find and focus on your 'why' (10:45), and how to deal with the pushback that you might get when you guide people out of their comfort zones (16:30).

 

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Aug 09, 2018
Ep. 052 - Teacher Evaluations
27:43

Cassie is not a fan of evaluations, and she is ready to tell you all the reasons why. Listen to her experiences and opinions as she talks about the cyclical nature of teacher evaluations over the years (7:45), how she handles evaluation scores and discussions with her administration (11:30), and then gives some suggestions as to better ways to improve yourself as a teacher (14:00).

 

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Aug 02, 2018
Ep. 051 - Finding Your Place in the Teaching World
26:59

One of the toughest things to do as an art teacher is to find exactly where you belong and discover how to make meaningful connections with your colleagues. In this episode, Cassie discusses her own story and her own feelings of isolation (5:15), the importance of connecting with other teachers (7:30), and suggestions for stepping out of your room and making time for other people in your building (12:00).

 

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Jul 26, 2018
Ep. 050 - Carving Out Your Creative Space
30:19

It can be difficult to find the time to be creative and make your own art. But if you can develop your own creative space, it makes it so much easier when it comes time for your studio practice. Cassie tells the story of her own studio today, including why it took her so long to set up her own creative area (3:30), the inspiration she drew on to plan her own space (6:15), and why pegboard is slowly taking over her house (10:15).

 

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Jul 19, 2018
Ep. 049 - A Better System for Managing Your Time
30:33

Cassie has been receiving a lot of questions lately on how she makes everything run with such limited time. So today, she's diving in to exactly how she spends her time both inside and outside of school. Listen as she talks about how she handles classes with no time in between (5:15), how effective routines can eliminate wasted time (10:45), and why call and response is one of your most effective tools (15:45).

 

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Jul 12, 2018
Ep. 048 - Teaching Art as an Introvert
25:07

Some people believe that you always need to be energetic and "on" in order to be a successful teacher, but that's just not the case. Often the most introverted teachers are the most successful. Join Cassie as she explores the topic, including her takes on the difference between being an introvert and being insecure (5:30), why we underestimate people who are introverted (9:15), and strategies to support the introverted students in your room (11:00).

 

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Jul 05, 2018
Ep. 047 - The Best Places to Sell Your Own Art
29:47

As an art teacher, it can be hard to find the time to create. But what if you were making art and extra money? You can do it by selling your work! Cassie discusses the three things she learned selling her art (4:15), why craft shows are perfect for extroverts (12:30), and why you need confidence to get your work into boutiques (15:45).

 

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Jun 28, 2018
Ep. 046 - Finding the Confidence to Be Yourself
27:46

Developing the confidence to be who you are can be a difficult process. In this episode, Cassie discusses some of the ways you can follow your passions and meet your own goals. Listen as she talks about why you should spend some time listening to your own feelings (8:00), how to set goals that truly work for you (10:45), and why you need to consider your own needs against the expectations of everyone around you (14:00).

 

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Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 045 - The Instagram Mailbag
27:30

Every once in a while, Cassie's mailbag overflows and it's time for a full episode of listener questions! Today, she takes on a huge variety of topics. Listen as she discusses how to create more time for yourself (6:45), how to embrace your own originality and creativity (13:15), and getting more parent involvement in your art room (16:30).

 

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Cassie's List of Listeners:
@mullinsmeans: https://www.instagram.com/mullinsmeans/
@agape_fibers: https://www.instagram.com/agape_fibers/
@mrsnicholsartroom: https://www.instagram.com/mrsnicholsartroom/
@artiselementary: https://www.instagram.com/artiselementary/
@art_with_mia: https://www.instagram.com/art_with_mia/

Jun 14, 2018
Ep. 044 - The Best Beach Reads for Art Teachers
22:18

Like most teachers, Cassie can't quit learning, even during the summer. This episode is all about the books that keep you inspired throughout the summer months and help you generate ideas for the coming school year. Listen to Cassie share her favorite reads and what those books have taught her, including drawing instruction (3:00), how to set up and introduce painting (9:00), and the personal takeaways that the best books have (11:15). 

 

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Jun 07, 2018
Ep. 043 - 5 Things to Know About Your New Art Room
26:19

Cassie shares her own stories about moving into her new art room, and gives some tips as to how you can look at your old art room with new eyes and a fresh start. Listen as she discusses how to assess your art room (5:00), why you need quality supplies (7:45), and why organization and flow are far more important than decoration (12:00).

 

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May 31, 2018
Ep. 042 - Schoolwide Collaboration
29:59

Schoolwide collaborative art projects are a great way to promote community in your art room and throughout the school. Cassie tells the story of her field day project she undertook this week (7:00), why collaborative projects are great for the beginning of the year (9:00), and the projects her students work on to build positivity and community in her building (11:45).

 

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May 24, 2018
Ep. 041 - 10 Tips to Land the Job of Your Dreams
26:54

Whether you are looking for your first job or trying to find something new, you will undoubtedly go through the interview process. This can be nerve-wracking, but Cassie is here with her best advice on how to nail that interview! Listen as she shares why you need to edit your social media presence (11:30), how you can dress to impress (12:45), and why you need to send a thank you note once you're done with the interview (19:30).

 

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May 17, 2018
Ep. 040 - Keeping Kids Going Strong at the End of the Year
22:21

As we move through the last weeks of schoo, it can be tricky to make sure your kids are still learning and progressing. The weather is getting nicer, spring events mess with the schedule, and we need ideas for finishing the year strong. Join Cassie as she talks about her best end-of-the-year strategies, including her Maker Kits (3:45), strategies for free choice centers (7:30), and how to find opportunities to those kids who just love to clean (12:15). 

 

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May 10, 2018
Ep. 039 - Making the Most of Your Summer
26:02

Summer break actually isn't that far away for a lot of us. So it's time to start thinking about how to make the most of that precious vacation time. Whatever your goals for the summer months, Cassie has some strategies to help you make the most of them. Listen as she discusses making her summertime list (2:30), who can help push you and keep you accountable for your goals (6:45), and her secrets of time management (11:00).

 

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May 03, 2018
Ep. 038 - Supplies for Special Projects
23:35

Last week, Cassie talked about all of her tips and tricks for basic supplies, along with a few recommendations. This week, she takes the discussion into what you need for more special projects. Listen as she discusses her favorite materials to order when teaching ceramics (3:00), clay alternatives like modeling clay and celluclay (6:00), and ideas for sewing and weaving (13:00).

 

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Apr 26, 2018
Ep. 037 - Taking the Struggle Out of Supply Orders
27:58

In this episode, Cassie talks about the basic supplies everyone needs for their art room, and some of her best tips for finding quality supplies for your kids--without spending too much money. Listen as she discusses her favorite paper (3:00), paint (9:30), brushes (14:00), and some other additional supplies (15:00).

 

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Apr 19, 2018
Ep. 036 - 10 Things Art Teachers Can't Live Without
22:45

When you start teaching, the list of things you don't know is expansive. It's important to talk about the routines, supplies, and essential strategies to help you be successful as a teacher. Listen as Cassie goes through the 10 things art teachers can't live without, including a great greeting for primary students (4:30), her word of the day (8:15), and her perfect attention-getting tool (13:30). 

 

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Apr 12, 2018
Ep. 035 - Pack Your Bags! Travel for Teachers
23:40

The magic of travel and overseas experiences is something that often escapes teachers. This episode is all about why you should pursue those opportunities and how your travel experiences benefit both you and your students. Cassie talks about why preservice teachers should look at overseas options for student teaching (4:00), travel programs for experienced teachers (7:15), and why a plethora of travel experiences might be better than a Master's degree (12:30).

 

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Apr 05, 2018
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25:31

Each and every one of us has a different style of teaching. And no matter the pedagogy, we need to support each other as art teachers. In this episode, Cassie unpacks DBAE and talks about what it means for her teaching (6:00), why we need to support each other as teachers (10:00), and the best ways to share what is working in our art room (13:15). 

 

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Mar 29, 2018
Ep. 033 - Can You Really Teach Art in 30 Minutes?
27:15

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Mar 22, 2018
Ep. 032 - The Science Behind a Quite Kindergarten Room
26:32

Kindergarten is always an adventure in the art room, but can you actually get them to work quietly? Cassie is pretty sure you can, and she's going to tell you how to do it! Listen to today's episode as she talks about the quiet critters strategy (3:30), why it is so motivation (6:00), and opportunities for tying in art history with the strategy (10:45).

 

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Mar 15, 2018
Ep. 031 - 3 Tips for Your Art Room Spring Cleaning
27:26

Spring is around the corner, and you know what that means! It's time to organize your life, and unfortunately, your art room closet as well. In the middle of her annual cleaning party, Cassie talks all about organization, including why you need to empty everything out (8:15), the random oddities you're going to find when you're organizing (11:45), and the supplies you need at both home and school (16:00).

 

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Mar 08, 2018
Ep. 030 - Planning the Perfect Art Show
27:58

March is Youth Art Month, and it's the perfect time to start talking about art shows. In this episode, Cassie gives her very best tips for putting together the perfect art show. Listen as she talks about how to keep your work from falling off the walls (7:00), why you need parent volunteers (11:45), and how a few treats can really help bring in the crowd (18:00). 

 

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Mar 01, 2018
Ep. 029 - Art Teacher Hacks
34:22

We all know that the life of an art teacher is difficult. We have to know so much and do so many things on an everyday basis, it can get overwhelming very quickly. Cassie uses this episode to share some of her favorite hacks for the art room–each of which can help make life easier in your classroom. Listen as she discusses why you need a class set of dry erase boards (3:45), the versatility of dog dishes (11:00), and why she is over the idea of glue bottles (20:00).

 

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Feb 22, 2018
Ep. 028 - 10 Things I Wish I Had Known My First Year
31:04

No matter how long you have been in the classroom, there are still times when you feel like a first year teacher. In this episode, Cassie talks about what she wishes she had known during her first year, and how that advice can help you at every point in your teaching career. Listen as she covers what you absolutely can't do (7:00), how to respond to the overwhelming number of requests (11:30), and why you need to find a teaching ally (17:45). 

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Feb 15, 2018
Ep. 027 - The Comparison Trap
24:38

Art teaching is difficult enough as it is, so why make it more difficult by constantly comparing yourself to other teachers. It's fair to compare, but make sure that you are doing it in order to inspire! In this episode, Cassie talks about how stressful it can be--for everyone--to put their best foot forward (5:30), tips to avoid falling to the comparison trap (7:30), and how you can get your mind right to celebrate others' successes (12:00).

 

 

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Feb 08, 2018
Ep. 026 - Snow Days
24:30

Not everyone can be lucky enough to have 7 days off of school in a row like Cassie just did. But you can make plans to make the most of your time off! Listen to Cassie's best advice on sparking the creative process (4:00), why you should take the time to connect with friends and colleagues (8:30), and why you need to appreciate your time off (10:15).

 

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Feb 01, 2018
Ep. 025 - Needle Felting Part 2
25:03

Welcome to Part 2 of the Needle Felting introduction! Last week, in Part 1, Cassie covered everything you need to get started with needle felting on your own. This week, she tackles the topic of how to bring the craft into your classroom. She starts the episode with an awkward experience that taught her you can felt with cat hair (3:00). She then talks about the supplies you need for the classroom (5:00) and how you can make magic with wet felting at any level (11:00).

 

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Jan 25, 2018
Ep. 024 - Needle Felting
27:33

It's time to learn something new! Needle felting gives you the opportunity to create in different ways and with some different materials. In this episode, Cassie gives you an overview of her favorite--and most dangerous!--tools (6:00), all of the different surfaces you can use for needle felting (10:00), and processes and techniques that will work for you (14:30). 

 

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Jan 18, 2018
Ep. 023 - Ceramics Part 2: Teaching Clay Without a Kiln
24:21

Not everyone has a kiln--but that doesn't mean you can't teach clay! And even if you do have a kiln, there are a lot of additional options out there for other types of clay that your kids will love. In this episode, Cassie shares some of her favorite clay bodies and some great ways to teach with those types of clay. Listen as she shares how she gained expertise with air-dry clay (3:45), some of her favorite techniques and supplies (7:30), and the pros and cons of polymer clays (14:00).

 

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Jan 11, 2018
Ep. 022 - Ceramics Part 1: Kiln-Fired Clay
24:36

Ceramics is an incredible experience for our kids, but it can be overwhelming if you don't know what you are doing. Whether you are just starting out teaching clay, or are looking for new and better ideas, this episode has it all! Join Cassie as she discusses all the supplies she uses when teaching her clay units (4:00), avoiding explosions in the kiln (12:00), and making sure your glazes look good (15:30). 

 

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Jan 04, 2018
Ep. 021 - Rekindling Your Creativity
25:24

We are so incredibly busy as teachers. it is difficult to find the time to make your own art, and it is difficult to keep our creativity going. But how do we solve those problems? And how do we find the time to create our own work? Cassie has some ideas she wants to share--join her as she discusses how it's tough to get your creativity in motion (4:00), why creativity is easier--and more fun--than you think (8:00), and gives everyone a challenge to get back to your love of creating (16:45).

 

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Dec 28, 2017
Ep. 020 - It's Time to Press the Reset Button
22:34

You're on break now--or at least really close to it! So what do you need to do now that you have a couple weeks off? Relax, reflect, and reset. Join Cassie as she talks about the 3 R's and how you can take care of yourself with this time off. Listen for stories on how she relaxes over break (5:00), what ideas she has come up with in the process of reflecting (9:30), and how she will reset her classroom management when returning to school (11:15).  

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Dec 21, 2017
Ep. 019 - How to Take the Stress Out of Teacher Evaluations
28:35

Teacher evaluations can be frightening! But they don't have to be, especially if you have the confidence to show off and promote what you are doing in your classroom. In this episode, Cassie talks about some of her favorite strategies to develop that confidence you need, including how to put together lessons for your evaluation (5:45), why you shouldn't go in without some experience (11:15), and how to make assessments work for your students (17:30).

Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 018 - The Best Alternatives to Holiday Lessons
31:03

How big of a role do holiday projects play in your classroom? And if you choose not to teach them, what other options do you have? In today's episode, Cassie talks about those ideas and more. Join her as she discusses why she doesn't teach holiday projects (4:15), some of her favorite alternatives to teach instead (12:00), and why guided drawing always has a place in her classroom (24:00).

 

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Dec 07, 2017
Ep. 017 - Finding a Management System that Works for You
29:27

If you’re looking for more stress in your life, the fastest way there is to let your classroom management go downhill. But if you want to make your life a lot easier, the management system Cassie shares in this episode is a great place to start. Join her as she talks about controlling the noise level in her class (6:00), helping kids take more responsibility (14:45), and rewards for good behavior (20:00). 

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Nov 30, 2017
Ep. 016 - Foolproof Strategies for Teaching with Chalk Pastels
28:06

Cassie absolutely loves chalk pastels, and today's episode is a deep dive into everything you need to know about how to teach them. Join her as she discusses how to 'address the mess' of rainbow chalk dust that always arises (9:15), tips for finishing chalk projects (11:45), and some of her (and her students') favorite chalk pastel lessons (16:45).

 

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Nov 23, 2017
Ep. 015 - What Do We Do with Those Early Finishers
29:15

Those comments like "I'm finished" and "What do I do now?" are enough to drive any teacher crazy? But what do we do with those kids who are done early? Listen to some of Cassie's ideas as she shares specific suggestions for early finishers (7:30), what her early finisher early project list looks like (10:15), and why you should probably invest in some dry erase boards (15:30).

 

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Nov 16, 2017
Ep. 014 - Dealing with Adult Bullies
24:04

We talk to our students all the time about how to deal with bullies. But do we ever think about how to deal with them as adults? Bullying never really goes away when you get older, and you need strategies on how to deal with it. Join Cassie as she talks about how to reclaim your time, your talents, and your art supplies (8:00), how to stand up for yourself when you are in a bullying situation (13:15), and why you should picture bullies as annoying little yappy dogs (15:45). 

Nov 09, 2017
Ep. 013 - Strategies to Save Your Supplies
26:26

How do we get your students to treat supplies well? How do we keep our nice things actually nice, so kids have the tools they need to create their masterpieces. Join Cassie as she talks about why your kids need to be using "the good stuff" when it comes to supplies (3:45), why you need to hold your kids accountable (8:30), and the various reasons you may need a backup set of supplies (14:45).

 

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Nov 02, 2017
Ep. 012 - The Wonderful World of Watercolor
26:56

Watercolor painting isn't always the easiest thing to pull off with elementary kiddos, but they love the experience so much that it's almost always worth it. In this episode, Cassie talks you through the ins and outs of what watercolor painting looks like in her classroom. She also shares some tips about how you can make it work for you and your students. Listen as she talks about budget and supplies (4:45), what she calls "The Danger Zone" (10:45), and how to establish a successful cleanup routine (15:00). 

 

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Oct 26, 2017
Ep. 011 - The Biggest Lie I Was Ever Told
22:30

Were you ever forced to choose? Were you ever told that you had to decide between teaching and being a working artist? It's possible to do both, and more likely, doing both will make you an even better teacher. Cassie will telly you how and why that can work as she shares her own artistic journey (2:00), talks about the undergrad experience that every art teacher has been through (8:30), and discusses how your two paths can come together so you can do it all (13:15).

 

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Oct 19, 2017
Ep. 010 - Using Social Media to Help Your Program Shine
26:28

Social media is so incredibly prevalent in today’s world, and it is a great tool to advocate for your teaching and your art program. This episode is a long list of incredible ways that you can use social media to your advantage. Cassie talks about her love of Instagram (4:00), why social media can inspire both teachers and students (9:00), and the reason she doesn’t worry about her number of followers (15:45).

 

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Oct 12, 2017
Ep. 009 - How to Move on From Burnout
20:53

Every teacher faces feelings of burnout in their teaching career. You get stuck in a rut where you are just going through the motions, without passion or inspiration. In this episode, Cassie gives her best advice on how you can break free from these feelings and keep your teaching creative and vibrant. She shares her personal journey on how she dealt with burnout (2:30), her favorite ways to take a break and treat herself (8:15), and why it might be worthwhile to step away from social media for a bit (12:15). 

 

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Oct 05, 2017
Ep. 008 - Art Teachers in Training: A Management Tool
15:32

Cassie starts the show with some of her biggest pet peeves, but quickly turns the show around by introducing your new favorite classroom management tool--the concept of art teachers in training. She explains the responsibilities that those trainees take on (2:00), why she puts them in charge (6:00), and dishes on her best tips for hanging student work (9:15). 

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Sep 28, 2017
Ep. 007 - The 3 Most Effective Ways to Help Students Retain Information
17:53

How do we get kids to really retain information? How do we make sure they understand what you are presenting and teaching? It isn't always easy. In this episode, Cassie shares her 3 most effective strategies to help kids retain what they need to know. She also talks about why she loves to use call and response (5:15), tells an awkward Starbucks story (9:00), and describes how you can use your voice as a teaching tool (10:30).

 

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Sep 21, 2017
Ep. 006 - Learning to Love Kindergarten
19:55

Our best teaching, and our best stories, often come from the times when kindergarteners are in the art room. But there is no doubt that those classes are a unique challenge. Listen as Cassie shares her best advice on why you need to start class with a little bit of craziness (3:30), why you shouldn't fight their energy (6:45), and ways to calm your kids if that's what they need (11:00).

 

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Sep 14, 2017
Ep. 005 - Cleaning Up Your Cleanup Routine
19:24

Today's episode is all about making cleanup work in your classroom. Is it really possible to make it enjoyable, easy and effective? Cassie definitely says yes, and she talks about how to use call and response to speed up cleanup (4:30), how to make your cleanup chaos free (7:00), and end class on a fun note (11:00). Cassie then dips into the mailbag to cover student teaching and closes the show with her best tips on expectations and routines for cleanup.

 

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Sep 07, 2017
Ep. 004 - Art Room Management 101
23:16

Classroom management is never easy, but it is a vital part of what you do as a teacher. Without a well-run classroom, your kids will miss out on far too many opportunities in art. In this episode, Cassie addresses the most important aspects of her classroom management system. Listen as she talks about her struggles with consistency (4:30), how to bring calm to your classroom (8:45), and why she keeps her rewards and consequences as simple as possible (13:00).

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Aug 31, 2017
Ep. 003 - The When, How and Why of Art Room Consequences
29:23

Following last week's episode on rules, it is time to talk about consequences. A lack of consequences can cause all kinds of issues, and it's important to not let student behavior stand in the way of what you want to teach. Listen as Cassie talks about the 4 reasons students misbehave (6:00), the right kinds of consequences (13:30), and a specific plan for delivering those consequences (17:15).

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Aug 24, 2017
Ep. 002 - The Only 3 Rules You'll Ever Need
24:47

Everyday Art Room is back for episode two, and Cassie tackles the topic of art room rules. Whether you just need a quick refresh on simple rules or a guide to dealing with chaotic students, this episode covers it all! Listen as she talks about what students need from you when you start the year (3:30), the only 3 rules needed in the art room (11:30), and the best way to handle disruptions and interruptions from your kids (17:00).

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Aug 17, 2017
Ep. 001 - 8 Routines for a Successful School Year
21:44

Everyday Art Room debuts with host Cassie Stephens welcoming you into the world of elementary art teaching. She tackles the topic of establishing routines, and why they are so important for a successful school year. Listen as she talks about why you need to pay attention to your own setup, situation and students (3:30), and the magic that happens when your routines are running well (13:30). Cassie opens up the mailbag for listener questions (15:45) and closes the show with some great advice for the beginning of the school year.

Aug 07, 2017