Monday, January 17, 2011


I start at my new school tomorrow. I'm actually fairly excited about it. I still have quite a bit of organizing to do, but I'm ready for the first day at least.

I have quite a few projects that I had planned to share. First up-clay. The last art teacher left me well stocked with clay AND glaze, which was quite nice.

Fourth grade created clay busts

First graders created clay fish. These were really so fun!

Second graders studied Appalacian face jugs, which are just hilarious.

These were all fairly successful, though some of the kids got a little messy with the glazes.

Pre-K and Kindergarten looked at masks from around the world and created their own.

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year/New School

I change schools at semester, which pretty much has had me stressed for the past 6 weeks or so. Truly more than the change deserves. But let's break this down: I haven't taught art (except afterschool lessons) in 7 years. I'm basically starting my second new job of the year. I have to get my current classroom in order for the music teacher, plus set up my new classroom simultaneously. And the kicker: I am teaching all of those days, too. So, all of this prep needs to take place afterschool.

On the upside of things, my next school is a similar size, same part of town, many of the same challenges, but it has a sink! And, I already have my lesson plans for the semester! Of course, many of them that weren't particularly successful will change, either partially or completely. I also have a few new ideas (some that I've gotten from other bloggers) that I want to implement at the new school. Most of these are more classroom management ideas, such as having pk-k work in centers. My pre-k class at this school has already started, and I definitely love it with them.

My goal since about September has been how to figure out balance in this job. When I taught before, I didn't have children, my husband was gone a lot, and it was my life. I'm not willing to have this be my whole life. So, I'm struggling a bit with finding a way to still do my job well, but not have it take up so much of my time. Basically, the "work smarter, not harder" principle, (which is not an expression I've ever been fond of, but it fits here.) I have been reading tips that several art ed bloggers have posted recently, which I may be trying. We'll see how all of this goes.
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