Saturday, December 3, 2016

In the Art Room: Sound Effects!

Hey, kids! In lieu of Art Teacherin' 101, I'm hanging out with The Art of Ed this week talking about how I love me some sound effects in the art room. I actually have a slight sound effects addiction (yes, that is a thing and no, I've not been to my last coupla meetings). The Dollar Tree is one of my fave places to find fun stuff like that hand clapper and a service bell, to name a few. Here's more:
So, yeah, funny story about how I acquired the gong: I was at a musical instrument store with Mitch (the hubs) and I remarked how much I dug the gong. I vaguely remember saying, "I need one of these for my art room!" Fast forward to our 10 year wedding present and THIS was gifted to me, "wrapped" with a sheet thrown over it. The kids LOVE this thing! I'll occasionally get the overzealous kid who hits the gong hard, gives us all a fright and has us falling out of our chairs in laughter. For the most part, it's got a great calming effect. Now, if only I could get the kids to remember that it is a GONG not a DONG or a BONG, that would be fabulous (that time my principal walked in and a kid was shouting across the room to the gong-hitter, "HIT THE BONG! IT'S TIME TO HIT THE BONG!" was not my finest hour).
One thing I use multiple times daily is that energy chime. Shameless-husband-plug: these are handmade in Nashville (and signed by the artist) by my husband's company Treeworks Chimes! You can find them for under $12 and you won't regret it. Mine is covered in paint and well-loved. 
I love these little red guy. I've seen these guys at shops like Old Navy, Target and Kolh's...but if you need one in a pinch, there is always this place. I mentioned us playing this during the Smartest Artist which is a favorite wrap-up game for my kids. 
In other news, I'll be apart of The Art of Ed's Winter 2017 conference! I'm sharing my tips and tricks on making fun video content for your art rooms (trust me, it's easier than you think. I can't even open my email but I can make a video...so there's that). Here's a better description of my chat: 

Recording Instructional Videos with Personality and Flair


Creating filmed lessons for your students is a wonderful way to insure that each of your classes receive the same quality instruction every time. But what if you want to take those videos one step beyond instruction and make them fun and entertaining for you students to view? In this presentation, I’ll share with you how to film and edit videos that will have your students learning, laughing and excited to create. You’ll even find out how to rope your coworkers into the art teacherin’ film makin’ mix. AND, action!
Until the end of this month, use the code SAVE10WITHCASSIE to save 10%! With that savings, you can go invest in some fun sound effects, right?
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12 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these ideas! Your articles are always refreshing to read and I love them even though I am a middle school art teacher! I just linked this post to several of my blog pages (I couldn't just link it to one - there are great ideas here for transitions, motivation, and of course - attention.) Me thinks I am going to be purchasing a sound machine!

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    1. Yes, girl, get you one! Thank you for sharing, I do appreciate it!

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  2. I use a little "ring for service" bell as my attention getter. Whenever my little darlings beg to ring it I tell them to get an education degree and they can ring away!

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    1. Yes!! I have one of those too and love it!

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  3. I use chimes on my door for quiet lineup.
    Also have a guinea pig that kids will behave for if i get her out to visit.
    Also curious how you are able to find conferences for pd presentations?
    I didnt even know about the online art ed conference. Love the idea

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    1. Hey Nela! The best way to find out about conferences is to attend your state and national conference. Both should have websites. Also, there are a few great online conferences like AOE and Educator's Closet that you should look into. I hope that helps! Also, if you are not a member of the Art Teacher's Facebook page, you should join. AND ART SCOUTS!! That is the PD that I do with my favorite art teacher friends and we have a BLAST!

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  4. This is a very great & impressive article by you

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  5. Hello Fabulous One! Hey, I am just a bit confused here...the "Save10" Coupon, is that on the Art Ed Winter Conference or for ordering your how to make lesson videos?
    Thanks ever so much!
    Sara

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    1. It is for the conference...but it might have expired by now...

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