Well, my first year is almost completely under my belt... and I have learned so much!! It has been an overwhelming, stressful, challenging, rewarding, inspiring and successful learning experience for me and my future years as an art educator.
I have had many bumps in the road but I wouldn't change them for anything. The experiences I have learned throughout this year I will never trade in for...I have experienced spills - without a sink in my room, getting students motivated and inspired to be original, extreme student behavior - I never know what to expect :) Keeping up with the lessons for five grade levels, classroom organization, classroom management - which I have changed a couple times since the beginning of the school, and sooooo much more! There probably is not an end to list of experiences I have encountered this year and there are still 2 months of school to go! Wish me luck :)
Saturday, June 2, 2012
My ARTfully smART Students
"My heart is singing for joy this morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shown upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!"
- Annie Sullivan
GUESS WHAT!!!! .............................
I have wonderful news!! I have been offered an elementary art teaching position and I have accepted it!!! I am sooooo wonderfully excited to begin teaching and just can't wait!!
I have been applying like a mad woman because I want to begin my career so badly. And a school district in Missouri is going to give me a chance to show them all the amazing ideas I have for their art program! The position is not in St. Louis, so I will be moving but I am completely fine with that. I am ready to begin a new journey in a new city as well a new experience in a new school!
I have been collecting and producing art projects out the wazoo and can not explain to you how excited I am to put them into action! I think the students and the school administration and fellow faculty members and going to love what I have to bring to the table!
My art room is a mess and there are two of them that I have to clean and organize until the school district hires a second art teacher, due to the retirement of the other teacher I was supposed to be working with. I can not wait to move down and begin organizing and decorating my classroom, the only thing I can not decide on is which classroom I want to stay in for the year....
One classroom has two sinks but is right off the cafeteria so it will be quite loud during lunch while I have a class. The other classroom is larger but does not have a sink however the bathrooms are literally right outside the classroom doors.... So you see my dilemma, I just can not decide. I feel like I am leaning more towards the larger room without the sinks but I keep going back and forth.
Anyway, that is all I have right now. Stay tuned! :)
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Well, let me tell you a little about myself and my journey thus far. I currently work at a bakery in St. Louis and LOVE it!! I decorate cupcakes and cakes which I really enjoy doing. It allows me to use my artistic skills on a daily basis and create beautiful, edible creations for customers with happy faces! It really makes all the hard work worth it. However, it is not what I want to do for the rest of my life but it'll do until I get my dream job.
As a young child I moved around a lot due to my father's job transferring him. I actually enjoyed moving around, seeing different parts of the country (well more like the midwest) and meeting new and interesting people all the time. This allowed me to become familiar and comfortable in meeting new people and getting to know them in a short amount of time. We finally settled in St. Louis, MO when I was a freshmen in high school and have been here ever since. It was my senior year when I found out how interested I was about art. I knew I always enjoyed art but I never thought I was good until I took an art class because I had to for graduation. And it's all up hill from there!
I recently graduated from college in May 2011 and am currently looking for an art teaching position, endlessly! I am applying like a mad woman everywhere in the state of Missouri for an art position and have recently had two really good interviews with two school districts back to back. I have been told by both districts that I interviewed strongly and they like me a lot! YAY!! I should be hearing back from them by the beginning of this week! Finally, I have a possible job opportunity in my near future so I can begin my passion of teaching others about my passion for art!
I enjoy giving children the opportunity in getting their hands dirty with clay or painting with paintbrushes filled with bright colors ready to be splattered on a canvas. I want them to be imaginative, creative, and inventive. I want them to explore and find their passion in life! I want my classroom to be filled with an encouraging understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Most of my lessons are cross-curricular and incorporate other cultures because I think it is important for young and older students to see the life styles and art from other cultures around the world.
I created this blog as another outlet to share my ideas, projects, opinions, and photos of my passion in life, being an art teacher! I have always thought about starting a blog but, honestly, I was a little hesitant about it because I wasn't sure if it would be a good experience for me. However, in just the few, short days that I have been putting it together it has been great! It has been a way for me to organize and analyze my ideas, thoughts and projects.
I hope you enjoy my site and get lots of great ideas for your own classroom!!! I have been following a few other art teachers blogs and have gotten a lot of great ideas that I can't wait to try out!! I hope you get inspired and enjoy your career as much as I enjoy mine!