Classroom Teachers

Our projects:

Offer extensive support for teachers, often including student-facing video content.

Build knowledge around common academic topics, supporting cross-content learning.

Encourage students to make authentic and personally relevant connections to the learning being done.

Often, classroom teachers understand the benefit of art education, but don’t know where to start.

We support classroom teachers with content and lesson planning, and work to remove pain points, such as demonstrations, so that they can more easily incorporate art as a teaching tool in their classroom.

 

We have cross-content experts helping to develop our curriculum; meaning that classroom teachers can use our art curriculum to build knowledge, engagement, and understanding across a range of academic topics.

When my fourth grade team was first presented with the Doodles curriculum I remember thinking “Yeah, that sounds great, in a perfect world where we have all the time we need.” It always seems like there’s not enough time to do what we NEED to do (academics), much less the “extra” things like art. I always feel behind and that makes it really hard to carve out time for activities that fall outside of the assigned ELA and math scope and sequences. (1 of 4)

But we committed, because it felt like the right thing to do, and we carved out the time for our first Doodles unit back in October. As I watched the kids engage with the Doodles work it was great to see everyone interact with it in a different way. Kids who aren’t very invested in the day to day of our ELA curriculum became much more invested in getting their work done during our Doodles time. Kids who don’t usually get to shine in the day to day our of ELA curriculum got a chance to shine. It was a happy time. (2 of 4)

This was of course great to see for the kids, but it was also great for me as a teacher. It helped to reinforce the thing I think a lot of us know to be true- that things we often relegate to the category of “extras” aren’t ACTUALLY “extras.” As good teachers we KNOW that art, music, play, conversation, etc. are all a part of excellent teaching, but they end up falling by the wayside as our good intentions to catch our kids up academically become bad habits. (3 of 4)

So my biggest reflection at the end of our two Doodles units was that making the time for art and creativity was totally worth it. It didn’t take the place of learning, it WAS learning, not only because it reinforced ideas and topics from our ELA curriculum, but because it helped kids experience thinking and problem solving in a way that is learning in and of itself. 100% would do again! 

-Phoebe Quin, 4th Grade, Excel Charter School

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In a 2022 poll, respondents said that the project they had done with their class:

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Was easy to understand and implement in the classroom

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Built on & expanded students’ knowledge and understanding of the project’s core topic.

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Helped to build students’ speaking and listening skills.

It can be hard to incorporate art into your classroom.

But, if art is intentionally used as a learning tool, you’ll see *higher engagement and increased understanding with your students, making it well worth your time.

Our projects offer an invaluable structure to support you on this journey.

How to Use Doodles:

1

Search our Project library, using advanced search options, and save any project that interests you to your artroom to be accessed at your leisure.

2

 Subscribe (for only $15) to Outside the Lines, which sends fresh, relevant, cross-content art projects 8x per year to your inbox.

3

Thrive.

Watch as your students grow more engaged around the topics you teach and your relationship with them (and your principal) thrives. 

*Source: After incorporating art into the day-to-day of low-performing schools, Turnaround Arts found significant (measurable) improvement in academic achievement, reduction in disciplinary referrals and increases in attendance, among other findings. More here. 

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