TeacherGoals Podcast Episode 45

How to Use Animation to Teach Social-Emotional Learning with Tricia Fuglestad

Social-emotional learning is all about teaching kids how to manage their emotions, make good choices, get along, problem-solve, share, take turns, and be aware of their feelings.

Tricia Fuglestad
Art Educator & Author

Join host Erica Terry in an enlightening conversation with Tricia Fuglestad, a nationally board-certified teacher with over 30 years of elementary art teaching experience. In this episode, Tricia shares her journey of integrating technology and animation into art education to enhance social-emotional learning.

Tricia's innovative approach began with student-created art-related movies, known as "vehicle flicks," which became a huge hit. From using projectors to incorporating iPads and augmented reality, Tricia's teaching methods evolved to seamlessly integrate technology into art lessons.

Throughout the episode, Tricia provides invaluable tips and strategies for teachers dealing with students who struggle with managing their emotions. She emphasizes the importance of social-emotional learning in the classroom and shares practical techniques to engage students, such as reading, calming exercises, and transitioning from recess to learning.

Whether you're an art teacher looking to incorporate technology or an educator interested in promoting social-emotional learning, this episode offers valuable insights and inspiration. Tune in to discover how animation and technology can empower students to explore their emotions, express themselves artistically, and develop essential life skills.

3 TeacherGoal Tips


Tip 1:

To integrate technology seamlessly into lessons, consider how technology can enhance the learning experience and support the desired learning outcomes.


Tip 2:
Use children's books as a springboard. Choose books that explore emotions or related themes and use them as inspiration for art projects.


Tip 3:
Promote empathy and emotional intelligence: Create opportunities for students to reflect on and discuss emotions, practice empathy, and develop their emotional intelligence skills.

This Episode Features...

Tricia Fuglestad

Tricia Fuglestad, K-5 art teacher, author, and artist from Illinois, has a MATL in K-12 tech integration. She has successfully blended digital and physical art making with her transdigital lessons to expand the curriculum, give students an opportunity to explore new media, and find transformative ways for students to demonstrate learning dynamically. 

Tricia’s classroom is featured in educational publications and higher education textbooks. Her students’ Fugleflicks, student-created, art-related videos have screened at international film festivals and won national awards. She has been recognized with many state and national awards for her innovation and dedication to art education by NAEA, IAEA, Golden Apple, PBS, Artsonia, and ISTE.

Tricia is also the author, illustrator, and animator of PETER O’Meter, an augmented reality SEL book about a robot who becomes emotional when his buttons are pushed.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Terryfic Learning Company, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.  

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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