Dear Educator,
"How will I know if I'm a successful teacher?" Every new and seasoned educator wonders about this question! Each year you work with a diverse group of students. What does it take to lead a vibrant, curious community of learners?

In any profession, the first prerequisite to success is to establish a clear mission and identify goals for self-improvement. As a teacher, you use curriculum standards as a framework for children's learning. You take the lead to integrate curriculum, assuring that children have varied, challenging opportunities to learn. As you forge collaborative relationships, mobilize resources, and seek information, you are well on your way to success-with students and professionally!

Binney & Smith has been a partner with educators and families for a century as makers of the Crayola® brand of high-quality art materials. We are delighted to support teachers in a variety of ways, including
  • the unique Dream-Makers® national creative arts program
  • national arts advocacy partnerships with schools, communities, and arts organizations
  • practical ideas that encourage curriculum integration and sustain learning

This brief guide brings together a variety of practical insights from veteran teachers on how to increase opportunities for children's success-from preschool through grade 12-through integrated, imaginative teaching. We encourage you to explore the rest of Crayola's Web site, where you will find Art Techniques, Lesson Plans, and many more ideas to make creativity part of your students' daily lives!

Creatively yours,
Ron DeLong
Manager, Art Education
Educational Curriculum
Binney & Smith

Our Goal: Intelligent, Creative Thinkers
Wise teachers recognize the unique potential that lies within each child! Knowledge about child development and how children learn are the foundation for implementing effective teaching strategies. Successful teachers encourage children to think, communicate, and express their growing understandings about the world around them in imaginative, concrete ways.

A well-rounded education includes all subject areas and is taught by qualified teachers and specialists, guided by educational leaders, and supported by families and the community. Teachers who unify learning across curricular domains-including language arts, mathematics, science, visual and performing arts, and social studies-build strong futures for children.

Students' emerging artistic literacy enables them to creatively analyze situations, construct knowledge, and communicate their ideas visually as well as through language. The arts are essential to every learner's success! This guide describes some imaginative, professional possibilities.

Our Goal: Intelligent, Creative Thinkers

Success Strategy 1 - Integrate Learning Success Strategy 2 - Teach Effectively
Support Young Learners Set Up Integrated Learning Centers

Assess Children's Learning
Exhibit Student Work

Success Strategy 3 - Collaborate Success Strategy 4 - Speak the Visual Arts Language
Why Visual Arts in the Curriculum?

Art Elements and Principles of Visual Organization

Navigate the Materials and Supply Process
Success Guide

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