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

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




Ep. 113 - Keeping Them in the Classroom

It can take time to develop your classroom management strategies, but new ideas can always be brought in to improve what you do in your art room. Listen as Nic discusses behavior management strategies, specifics for your own classroom, and how she continues to refine what she does with professional learning. Resources and Links Nic's blog post Simple Strategies for Managing Misbehavior Everything You Need to Know About Classroom Management


Ep. 112 - Digital Portfolios and So Much More . . .

Digital portfolios are an incredible tool for both learning and advocacy, but they are also intimidating if you don't know what you're doing. Today, Nic's conversations with three different experts will help you and your students begin to navigate the world of online portfolios. Resources and Links Adobe Spark Google Flickr Artsonia blog post about the episodeher many posts about Seesaw.on Instagramon Twitteron Instagramon TwitterInstagramTwitter


Ep. 111 - Bringing Things Full Circle

What did you learn from your student teaching? Which of those lessons are still with you? In today's episode, Nic talks about the lessons she learned about both art teaching and life. Listen as she discusses her best memories from student teaching, how those ideas stick with her, and how everything comes full circle in the end. Resources and Links Nic's Blog Post for this EpisodeKim's Classroom Website How to Pay it Forward with Student Teachers


Ep. 110 - Using Art to Create Joy and Inspire Others

AOEU Writer Sarah Krajewski joins Nic on the podcast today to discuss the importance of making our own art, and how we can use that art to create joy for ourselves and inspire the people around us. Listen as they discuss artmaking and experimentation, collaboration, and how Sarah became the Art Room Glitter Fairy. Resources and Links Mini Matisse Blog PostArt Room Glitter Fairy WebsiteFollow Sarah on InstagramAustin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist


Ep. 109 - Using Humor in the Art Room

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. Resources and Links 5 Ways to Incorporate Humor into Your Classroom Humor in the...


Ep. 107 - Collecting Art in Your Personal Life

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


Ep. 106 - Emily Compton Interview

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. Resources and Links Follow Emily on InstagramSee Emily's website hereHere is Nic's...


Ep. 105 - Flipping the Classroom

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. Resources and Links Flip Your Rules and Procedures to Save Your SanitySome of the equipment Nic discussed can be found hereImportant information (and a...


Ep. 104 - Goal or Soul

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 PostA Deep Dive into the AOE Archives for a...


Ep. 103 Small Concept in a Big Way

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 blogMore about Nic's Bit-o-Bio that she discussedRead about Nic's monsters...


Ep. 102 - Setting Up Your Classroom For Success

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 courseHere is the PRO Learning Pack on Managing the...


Ep. 101 - Bringing Artists Into Your Classroom with Billy Kheel

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 hereCheck out Billy on Instagram The local write-up of Billy visiting Nic's school Read...


Ep. 100 - Artist Trading Cards

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 TradeKids Reflecting on the First Trade from JapanInformation on a Trade...


Ep. 99 - Introduction to Nic Hahn

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 RadioCheck out the New Everyday...


Ep. 98 - Cassies Final Episode

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...


Ep. 97 - New Ideas for Next Year

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 ShowsIdeas for CollaborationKeeping...


Ep. 96 - The Summer Mailbag is Here

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 MailbagAnother Previous Mailbag EpisodeIdeas to Help You Discover Your Classroom Management StyleCan We Really Teach it All?


Ep. 95 - Keeping Your Head in the Game Over the Summer

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 Summer12 Signs You're...


Ep. 94 - Making Field Day Worthwhile

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 Room5 Games to Put an Artistic Twist on Field DayWhy Saying No is the Best...


Ep. 93 - Getting Administration on Board with Art Room Ideas

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 EpisodeHow to Talk to Your Staff About the Power of Art5 Superpowers All...