Professional Learning

How to Make Your Teaching Life Easier

As art teachers, we know how difficult it can be to manage everything that comes your way in a single day. In fact, AOE just spent an entire week devoted to Time-Saving Tips–ideas on maximizing your planning time, organizing your digital files, how to utilize your parent volunteers, and why a timer can be so important in your classroom.

But there is something out there that is even better–a full day of relevant, engaging professional development that will make your teaching life so much easier on a day-to-day basis. The 2017 Art Ed Now Winter Conference is happening on February 18th, 2017, and we are happy to announce our next 6 presenters today!

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Whether you are looking for help with classroom management, finding relevant PD, creating an easier way to present lessons, or even just some life hacks to help visual learners, we have you covered! Check out some of these amazing presentations, and think about how they will make your teaching life so much easier:

“How to Regain Control of Any Class” with Featured Presenter Michael Linsin

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Do you have a class you worry about way too much? The one you dread coming into your room? The one where you’re spending too much time managing behaviors and not nearly enough time teaching? Michael Linsin, returning as a featured presenter to Art Ed Now, has the solution for you. He will guide you step-by-step to help you get your worst class back on track, so you can calm your students and get back to spending time on what you love–teaching.

“Life Hacks for Visual People” with Jessica Balsley

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There are a lot of organizational strategies out there, but so few of them are specific to the visual learners we are and the visual learners we teach. AOE Founder Jessica Balsley will share organizational skills and ideas to support visual learners, as well as strategies to make your personal life and your teaching life more efficient and meaningful.

“Recording Videos with Personality and Flair” with Cassie Stephens

Flipping Your Classroom and recording instructional videos seems to be all the rage right now, and why not? The idea of saving your time and your voice can be too appealing to pass up! Cassie Stephens, art teacher and blogger extraordinaire, will share with you some of her best tips and tricks for recording teaching videos. You will see how she makes her videos interesting and engaging for her students, and how she ensures kids have repeated quality instruction that gets them ready to learn!

Creating Positive Experiences for Yourself and Your Students

When you are able to find better ideas and teach better lessons, you save time and create a better environment for both yourself and your students. Three more Art Ed Now presentations will help you do exactly that. Nic Hahn, author of the Mini Matisse blog, will share ideas on how to develop meaningful, positive experiences for your students. Julie Read will share incredible teaching ideas to keep your drawing curriculum current, and AOE Instructor Kathleen Cigich will discuss why we need better, more individualized professional development as art teachers. You can see the full list of the presentations we’ve announced (so far) right here!

There are a lot of things to worry about as an art teacher–student behavior, the best ways to teach your lessons, or even just finding the time to keep yourself organized. But if you take one day–just one–to attend Art Ed Now in February, your teaching will be better because of it.

You will leave feeling refreshed. You will have inspiration, ideas, and a concrete plan (and even a swag box) to make your classroom run more smoothly. You will have the tools to make your teaching life easier. And who doesn’t want that?

Be sure to register for Art Ed Now by December 1st to save $50 with early-bird pricing!

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Timothy Bogatz

Tim Bogatz is AOEU’s Content & PD Event Manager and a former AOEU Writer and high school art educator. He focuses on creativity development, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking skills in the art room.

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