Free download! Rubrics for Art Activities

Free download! Rubrics for Art Activities

I adapted this rubric from the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Arts Program when introduced to them during my student teaching a decade ago.  These IB rubrics have changed dramatically over the years, but I think these simpler rating scales are just...
Free download!  The Stitched Drawing

Free download! The Stitched Drawing

I developed this lesson, From Lead to Thread: The Stitched Drawing, while apprentice teaching.  My mentor’s work and teaching were grounded in observational drawing and painting. Rooted in fiber arts, I sought to bridge the gap between the two and chose to do so using...
Free download: Why the Arts Matter

Free download: Why the Arts Matter

Type “Why the arts matter” on a web search. You’ll get well over a million results.  In this worksheet, I offer some of those results, as well as my own perspectives on why the arts FRIGGEN matter! Then, you have space to write your own reasons why the arts matter!...
Ten year anniversary

Ten year anniversary

Dear Friends, Ten years ago, this week, I began student teaching. Despite having experience with some of the students and my mentor, the amazing Joseph Fontinha, I was a nervous wreck. Plouffe Academy, an International Baccalaureate certified middle school, educated...
Balancing solitude and community

Balancing solitude and community

Dear Friends, I continue my “reentry” from the 100% spiritual to the material world full of responsibilities. I am doing my best to pause and be present.  But it’s not easy! I am determined to bring aspects of my retreat lifestyle to my everyday life. Yet old habits...
Retreating Silently…

Retreating Silently…

Dear Friends! On January 9th, I returned from what has become a biannual silent retreat. When I tell people, they ask: what do you do there? My experience on retreat is related to how I live: quiet, reflective, working most of the time alone. Yet in the retreat,...