Professional Development

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

“When you walk down the street and see something in a crazy spot, there’s something powerful about that. The street will always be an important part of getting art out there for me.” – Shepard Fairey We went to Philadelphia for a wedding during the last week of June. In the time around the wedding events, […]

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building. – A. Bartlett Giamatti It has been two weeks since 6000 art educators descended on Boston for the 2019 National Art Education Association annual convention. […]

A Time to Plan, A Time to Reflect on 2017/2018

A Time to Plan, A Time to Reflect on 2017/2018

“To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven A time to build up, a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together” – Pete Seeger (Ecclesiastes) “A […]

ETTSummit 2017

ETTSummit 2017

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust I’m just back home from two days at the EdTechTeacher ETTSummit in Boston and want to write a few lines to keep the inspiration alive that I felt there. I go to a […]

Teaching for Artistic Behavior: #TAB Institute 2017

Teaching for Artistic Behavior: #TAB Institute 2017

“I do it/You do it. I challenge/You wrestle. You choose/I support” – John Crowe, Theory of Everything Teaching for Artistic Behavior In the world of Art Education today, the pedagogical practice of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) has become a movement toward affording students the opportunity for individualized creativity and away from the one-project-at-a-time-for-all-students approach. […]

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? —it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Massachusetts to Texas I had to go […]

(Rock the Boat) Don’t Rock the Boat Baby & ISTE17 Part 5/6

(Rock the Boat) Don’t Rock the Boat Baby & ISTE17 Part 5/6

“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road Middle Keynote Jennie Magiera kicked off Tuesday with an inspirational message in which she invited educators to tell their own stories as well as empower their students to tell theirs. She invited all of us in the auditorium to […]

Making Monday & ISTE17 Part 4/6

Making Monday & ISTE17 Part 4/6

“I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future, and maybe that’s why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon.”  ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road This post is about the rest of Monday, after my presentation, which you can read […]

We R Makers & ISTE17 Part 3/6

We R Makers & ISTE17 Part 3/6

“He no longer cared about anything (as before) but now he also cared about everything in principle; that is to say, it was all the same to him and he belonged to the world and there was nothing he could do about it.”   ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road Monday morning = Presentation Day But […]

Remember the Alamo & ISTE17 Part 2/6

Remember the Alamo & ISTE17 Part 2/6

“Why think about that when all the golden land’s ahead of you and all kinds of unforeseen events wait lurking to surprise you and make you glad you’re alive to see?”   –  Jack Kerouac, On the Road Pre-ISTE Upon awaking on Sunday, our second day in Texas, I was excited to visit the Convention Center to […]

Tending Gardens & ISTE17 Part 1/6

Tending Gardens & ISTE17 Part 1/6

“…the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars […]

60 To Zero In Five Seconds Flat

60 To Zero In Five Seconds Flat

As I know I mentioned before, I was fortunate to spend a week in the Project Zero Classroom program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer studying the big ideas of prominent figures in education. One of the big ideas I encountered is Making Thinking Visible, introduced by Ron Ritchart and David Perkins. […]

My #NAEA15: Delegate, Presenter, Princess

My #NAEA15: Delegate, Presenter, Princess

How can you not love a convention that starts like this? I went to New Orleans to be in the company of 4000 other art educators at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual convention. I went as a delegate for the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA), as a presenter, as an award recipient, as […]