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Another teacher blog that I love!  This is the blog of Mr. E., TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2012.  This blog is overflowing with information about everything art education, advocacy and community involvement you could think of.  Posts include examples of units, products used within the classroom, examples of work by local artists and a little personal updates, just to name a few.  I included a link to a post that I almost cried over, classroom organization.  No seriously, I openly admit that I am mildly to moderately OCD about certain things and to see such amazing use of wasted wall space turned into beautifully organized supplies, it brought a tear to my eye.  The one thing that caught my attention right away with this blog was the list of links to other great blogs.  Mr. E’s blog is such a great resource of information especially for a new art teacher like myself!!

http://artwithmre.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-shelves-before-after.html

TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2012

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I found this blog through links on links of another blog.  I was truly intrigued by how the author presented herself,  as well as how she presented information.  The blog includes posts about her personal life including photos of her son and posts about units that she has conducted within her art classroom.  I truly got the sense that the blog was very personal to her, she put her heart into it.  I particularly enjoyed the post below about color mixing and Sesame Street!  I never would have thought to use an episode of Seaseme Street in an art class but now I will.  I think that one of the main reasons that I enjoyed the blog so much is because I felt a sense of connection to the author, as if I know her.  This does however pose the question of boundaries for me with regards to teacher blogs.  How much personal information is too much?  This is a question that I will pay close attention to as I research more teacher blogs.

http://artteacheradventures.blogspot.com/2012/06/kindergarten-color-mixing.html

Edublogger

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Love, love this blog.  This blog is packed full of information and links for teachers who are new to using technology, especially blogging as an added benefit to teaching.  The posts include information on how to technologically manage blogs as well as topics that are designed to stimulate thought and conversation between educators about important topics in education.  For example, this post that I have found here on the blog poses the question of scaffolding vs. struggling and which is more beneficial to students.  What I found most intriguing about this post was the suggestion by the authors to not only respond here on their blog but also to generate the conversation on the readers bl0g sites as well.  I will definitely be referencing this blog in the future for information on how to complete technical tasks as well as discussion topics.

http://theedublogger.com/2012/04/30/edublogger-debate-scaffolding-vs-struggling/#comments

Art in Africa

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Wow, the similarities between this blog from a school in Tanzania, Africa and a blog from a school in, say Finksburg, Md., are astounding.  This blog follows a school’s progress throughout the school year and presents various art units and products that the various grade levels produce.  One of the reasons that I love art so much is the universal concepts that weave themselves throughout , no matter time or space.  While reading through the posts on this blog, I had to smile when I came across this particular post because it is a true testament to the universality of concepts.  Self-portraits begin and end the school year in Africa just like in the United States.

http://istesart.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/the-first-art-unit-of-the-new-schol/

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Although I have heard of Art 21 before I have not read the blog before, so here it is.  “Art21 is a nonprofit dedicated to engaging audiences with contemporary visual art, inspiring creative thinking, and educating a new generation about artists working today.” The blog is a virtual meeting place where educators, students, artist and anyone who is interested gather to share ideas, thoughts and expecially art.  While reading through the blog archives I came across this particular post that I absolutlely love.  Not only does this particular post present a timeless piece of art, it also describes how the piece was incorporated into a classroom setting.  Also, the post includes some extremely thought provoking questions that, as an educator, could be used as a springboard to develop some truly inspriring unit plans.  I myself am definetly more of a process oriented artists and teacher so this post was right up my alley.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

http://blog.art21.org/2012/05/30/long-walk/

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In todays world, where critical thinking and community responsibility seem to be slipping away, I love to support projects that advocate for social change.  Periodically I will post links to some of these projects.  Starting with the first one here.  A previous professor of mine at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. introduced me to this project and I absolutely am encouraged by the power of art within it everyday.

http://www.addictionandart.org/

  

In todays worl…