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About francifularts

I am an independent art educator. I had my first experience teaching ceramics when I was 24 and worked in the University for Youth program at the University of Denver. As an elementary school teacher I always found myself integrating the arts across the curriculum, which led to me working as an artist in the schools. In May of 2008 I began a master's program with Lesley University in their Creative Arts in Learning Program. It was a truly transformative and incredible experience which led me to decide to devote the rest of my teaching career to teaching art, and through the arts. About the same time that I completed my master's degree in January of 2011 I was hired to teach art in two different programs. I have never been happier in my work as a teacher, and I really appreciate the wonderful professors and cohort of fellow teachers I studied with at Lesley University. I also want to thank all of the wonderful arts educators that I have met online through the TAB/choice list serv for their thoughtful posts and insightful suggestions for teaching art!

Drawing with the Buddy System

I have posted about this before, but we had such a great time in drawing class today that I wanted to share about it again.  I modeled with students the idea of conducting a drawing conversation between two people. To … Continue reading

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Playdough Provocations: Emojis! — The Curious Kindergarten

Are your students interested in emojis? Mine are obsessed! We stumbled upon this interest after setting out some loose parts for the children to explore in the first few weeks of school. One student created a “winking emoji” with his … Continue reading

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Fun with Portfolios

I haven’t posted to my blog for over two years. I got lost in a haze of teacher exhaustion and two different teaching jobs which were just not the best fit. I’m back teaching at the homeschool program and loving … Continue reading

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Full-day kindergarten impacts Grades 1, 2

This is the most exciting news I’ve heard from the world of education in years! Please read the article not just the headline! Perhaps I should relocate to Ontario, Canada when my current job ends! Only hitch….I’d have to hope … Continue reading

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September and the Scent of Freshly Sharpened Pencils

I’ve been working in my classroom cleaning out cupboards and drawers. Last year when I was hired I never had enough time to  do this, with all the other things I had to do before school started. It’s amazing the … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling the Luck O’ the Irish!

Exciting news!  I found my camera! It had been missing for two months, and last Friday I asked a coworker if he had seen it, and he had it in his office!  He told me that someone found it in … Continue reading

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My Message to the Badass Association of Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I was uneasy with the name , but I got over it. The reality is that the Badass Association of Teachers fills a need. Teachers have been beaten up in the media, and…

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