So, it looks like Texas teachers will be resuming in-person instruction here sometime in the near future. I’m not going to get into the politics of this, or my personal … Continue reading The Art Teacher’s Back to School Mask
The many crises we are facing as a nation right now are showing the wide range of harmful effects of our nation’s long and ugly history of racism. From unequal … Continue reading Dismantling Prejudice Through Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Teaching
I’m going to tell you about the simplest and most transformational act I have taken in my career as an art educator. It started with identifying one of my weaknesses. … Continue reading Attendance can be transformational.
Sometimes we art teachers can get stuck in the past. And I get it. For most, the past is awesome. We grew up in the past. We have fond memories … Continue reading Move into the now
In a quiet moment, just before the start of a lecture and completely out of nowhere, a student blurted out loudly, “Mr. Clumpner, you are the GREATEST TEACHER EVER!” I … Continue reading “Greatest Teacher Ever!”
Reload the Western Canon Whenever I ask students to list as many artists as they can, usually they give me the highlights from the western canon of art history. Their … Continue reading Reload the Western Canon
I’m spending this week in an AP Summer Institute which has been giving me a lot of time to make some art. Hopefully you’re spending a little time making art … Continue reading Arting my way through PD
The year has ended, and as such, it’s important to reflect on what we as teachers have accomplished, as well as what we didn’t. Today I’m thinking about an accomplishment. … Continue reading A Victory Lap
I’m a grand-teacher now. After eight years in the profession, my first students now have students of their own. They’re wrapping up their first year and comparing notes on their … Continue reading Use the buddy system when entering the teaching pool
If your calendar is anything like mine, you’re probably just getting back into the swing of things after a couple of days of professional development, which usually means sitting in … Continue reading Where are you going with this?