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August 15, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Nic's Corresponding Blog Post A Deep Dive into the AOE Archives for a Nic discussion on Goal or Soul Another Nic post about Goal or Soul from last summer
August 8, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Nic talks more about this on her blog More about Nic's Bit-o-Bio that she discussed Read about Nic's monsters here
August 1, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Nic mentioned the Managing the Art Room graduate course Here is the PRO Learning Pack on Managing the Classroom 12 Ways to Make the Beginning of the Year Run Smoothly Ways to create a welcoming art room
July 25, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Billy's website can be found here Check out Billy on Instagram The local write-up of Billy visiting Nic's school Read Nic's blog post about Billy's project at her school
July 18, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Nic's First Trade Kids Reflecting on the First Trade from Japan Information on a Trade with Denmark Check Out the 'Flipping the Art Room' Course Nic Mentioned!
July 11, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Listen to Nic on Art Ed Radio Check out the New Everyday Art Room podcast You can find Nic's blog here Give Nic a follow on Instagram! 
July 1, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  The Not-So-Perfect Truths of Being an Art Teacher Superpowers All Art Teachers Have Amazing Skills You Will Develop as an Art Teacher Characteristics of Great Art Teachers
June 20, 2019
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.  Resources and Links Listen to this Interview About Tiny Art Shows Ideas for Collaboration Keeping Your Head in the Game Over the Summer
June 13, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Cassie's Instagram Mailbag Another Previous Mailbag Episode Ideas to Help You Discover Your Classroom Management Style Can We Really Teach it All? 
June 6, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  8 Art Activities for the Summer 12 Signs You're Ready for Summer Vacation 4 Reasons to Do "Nothing" This Summer Get Inspired at a Summer Arts Festival
May 30, 2019
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!  Resources and Links Field Day Activites for the Art Room 5 Games to Put an Artistic Twist on Field Day Why Saying No is the Best Answer Yet
May 23, 2019
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.   Resources and Links Cassie's Collaboration Podcast Episode How to Talk to Your Staff About the Power of Art 5 Superpowers All Art Teachers Have 10 Art Advocacy Resources You Need to Know
May 16, 2019
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.    Resources and Links  Why You Should Ditch Your Teacher Desk Desk Therapy for Art Teachers 5 Items in Your Desk You Can Ditch Right Now How Much of a Mess Do You Tolerate? 
May 9, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Art Activities for Your Summer To-Do List Simple Ideas for Getting Your To-Do List DONE Why Summer is Perfect for PD 4 Reasons to Do "Nothing" This Summer
May 2, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Art Challenges for the End of the Year Engaging End of the Year Projects to Keep You Sane A Genius Way to End Your Year 3 Cool Projects that Use Up Scraps
April 25, 2019
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.   Resources and Links What do Student Teachers Really Need?  8 Tips for Student Teachers 4 Ways to Become an Art Teacher Leader Considerations for Mentoring New Teachers
April 18, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  7 Contemporary Sculptors Your Students Should Know From Trash to Treasures The Ultimate Guide to Polymer Clay Incorporating 3-D Design at Any Grade Level
April 11, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  4 Things to Set Your Subs Up for Success 8 Sub Stories You Won't Believe What REALLY Happened While You Were Absent Using Snapchat for Your Sub Plans
April 4, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  10 New Books You Need in Your Library 5 Ways to Bring Literacy into Your Classroom 70 Children's Books About Famous Artists 15 Books, 15 Art Lessons
March 28, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Everything You Want to Know About the National Conference 8 Reasons to Attend an Art Ed Conference How to Start Selling Your Work Finding Your Place in the Teaching World
March 21, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  The Art Teaching Secret No One Wants to Talk About It Won't Always Be Perfect Staying Passionate About Your Teaching Finding the Confidence to Be Yourself
March 14, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Survive Your Art Show with 5 Organizational Tips Planning the Perfect Art Show (Episode 030) How to Let Your Students Lead an Art Show Color and Light Survey
March 7, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Why Saying No More Often Can Make You a Better Teacher My Art Room is Not a Hallmark Store Planning the Perfect Art Show How to Say No to All Those Stupid Requests
February 28, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  Episode 009--How to Move on From Burnout Curbing Art Teacher Burnout (PRO Learning Pack) 3 Simple Ways to Fight Burnout Why It's Okay to Feel Teacher Burnout
February 21, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  10 Things I Wish I Had Known My First Year of Teaching Six Pieces of Advice NOT to Follow Your First Year The Art Teacher's Ultimate Guide to Getting Hired 5 Things to Do in Your New Position
February 14, 2019
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.  Resources and Links  The Biggest Lie I was Ever Told Growth Mindset in the Art Room Carving Out Your Creative Space Balancing Commitments with Creative Needs
February 7, 2019
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.  Resources and Links Creating a Calm Down Corner All Things Classroom Management Discovering Your Classroom Management Style Why Building Relationships is So Important
January 31, 2019
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.    Resources and Links  What to Do if You're Feeling Torn Are You Being Your Authentic Self?  Hot Minute of Art History
January 24, 2019
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. Resources and Links A Case for Hoarding in the Art Room How to Cope with Your Art Room Organization Style Prevent Waste and Promote Independence
January 17, 2019
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.   Resources and Links Cassie's Instagram Mailbag The Last Mailbag Episode Bingo Dauber Ideas Even More Bingo Dauber Ideas
January 10, 2019
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.  Resources and Links How to Store Art and Stay Sane How to Teach Clay with Hundreds of Students While Staying Organized 8 Awesome Organization Hacks How to Organize Student Artwork  
January 3, 2019
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.   Resources and Links  Try Narration to Help Your Transitions 4 Tips to Line Your Kids Up with Ease How to Deal with Fast Finishers Improve Your Cleanup Routine
December 27, 2018
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.   Resources and Links Resolutions for the New Year 10 Realistic Goals for the New Year A New Start for the New Year 6 PD Goals for the Upcoming Year
December 20, 2018
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.   Resources and Links Cassie's Favorite Hacks for the Art Room Discovering Your Classroom Management Style Important Tips for Painting with Children Staying Passionate About Your Teaching
December 13, 2018
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.   Resources and Links A Simple Craft Night Idea Get Crafty and Try Something New Ideas for Art Outside the Classroom Making Time for Making Art
December 6, 2018
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.  Links and Resources Promoting Independence with Students Another Way to Build Skills Oil Pastel Techniques Watercolor Techniques
November 29, 2018
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.   Resources and Links How to Fight the Winter Self-Doubt Blues Why You Shouldn't Work in Your Classroom Over Break 7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs What Art Teachers Really Want for the Holidays  
November 15, 2018
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.  Resources and Links The Growth Mindset Coach The Dot by Peter Reynolds Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg How to Help Your Students Overcome Mistakes
November 8, 2018
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.  Resources and Links Last Week's Podcast on Finding a New Situation Making the Most of a Bad Situation A Step-by-Step Guide to Standing Up for Yourself The 5 Crappiest Things About Being an Art Teacher  
November 1, 2018
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.   Resources and Links Things to Think About Before You Switch Positions Advice for Entering a New Teaching Position Four Stages of the Job Search Important Benefits to Switching Schools
October 25, 2018
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.   Resources and Links Cassie's Thoughts on Guided Drawing The Benefits of Using Guided Drawing Building Confidence with a Student-Centered Drawing Library 5 Reasons to Love and Hate How-To-Draw Books
October 18, 2018
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.   Resources and Link Cassie's PRO Learning Pack on Sewing Everyday Art Room Weaving Episode Sewing and Embroidery in the Art Room Cassie's Feature in "Threads" Magazine
October 11, 2018
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.  Resources and Links  7 Easy Ways to Create a Calm and Focused Art Room 5 Classroom Management Strategies for the Art Room 8 No-Fail Ideas for Keeping Kids on Task Fundamental Routines that Can Transform Your Art Room
October 4, 2018
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.  Resources and Links Cassie's Last Mailbag Episode Chalked Ceiling Tiles How Cassie Deals with Glue Bottles Comprehensive Curriculum Examples
September 27, 2018
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.   Resources and Links You Can Weave! by Kathleen Monaghan The Goat in the Rug Abuela's Weave Cassie's Weaving Techniques learning pack from the PRO Library
September 20, 2018
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.    Resources and Links This Episode's Corresponding Blog Post More About Painting and Weaving Routines for Painting Days 7 Paint Routines You'll Never Regret Teaching
September 13, 2018
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.  Resources and Links Finding the Confidence to be Yourself AOE's Studio: Ceramics Course All of AOE's Courses When You Aren't Comfortable with Content
September 6, 2018
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).  Resources and Links How to Move on From Burnout  Dealing with Burnout and Exhaustion Why It's Okay to be Tired of Teaching 3 Simple Ways to Fight Burnout
August 16, 2018
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).    Resources and Links 5 Ways to Make Art the First Day of School A Winning Game for the First Day of School 50+ Back to School Ideas Cassie's Video for the Smartest Artists
August 9, 2018
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).   Resources and Links Leading Professional Development Art Workshop for Kids Cassie's YouTube Channel
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