deb from Kent. It is important to remember that first impressions are important but remember too that:
1. every year is different
2. you do not have to have all the answers at once, you will change things once you all get settled
3. the kids are as excited, concerned ,and freaked out as you are (at least)
I teach middle school and I get completely wired for sound the night before- I can barely sleep. I try to acknowledge that I was this way as a student too. best of luck and "may the force be with you."
--- On Wed 08/03, < StacieMich@aol.com > wrote:
From: [mailto: StacieMich@aol.com]
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 21:37:44 EDT
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Last minute cry for help!
Thanks for all of the help on my African unit. I ended up doing it on masks <br>and then focusing on some masks from the Kuba region and from the Northwest <br>Coast Indians. I think it's a pretty good unit...for my first one anyway! I <br>hope my teacher likes it. Thanks for so many good ideas though!<br><br>Now on to new concerns:<br><br>Well, school starts on Monday. I'm so scared, but I'm trying not to freak <br>out. I just saw my classroom today...since the school is still being built. <br>Here's what I have: a nice sized blue classroom with two big windows and one <br>counter with a small sink and cabinets beneath it. That's it! No storage <br>closet or space. What on earth am I going to do with eveyrthing? I know I'm going <br>to have to ask for some sort of storage, but I'm used to seeing art rooms <br>with nice walk in closets for storing everything. I was hoping to have one and <br>to keep the paper cutter in there so the little once can't get to it.
Guess <br>not. I don't even think the paper cutter willf it on the one counter I have. <br>Any creative suggestions for storing things?<br><br>Another concern: I've been told that on the first day, I am to visit every <br>classroom (K-8) for like 20 minutes and just introduce myself and whatnot. How <br>would you handle it? Should I have a little ice breaker? Should I simply <br>tell them a little about myself and how excited I am about the upcoming art <br>projects? Should I ask them to introduce themselves? <br><br>Also, I have two very large bulletin boards. Any suggestions? I figure I <br>should leave one pretty empty...maybe just put paper on it and a banner <br>explaining that it will be for student work? Right now I'm kind of blank as to how I <br>should decorate my room. I think someone had the great idea of hanging an <br>artist over each table, and I think I'm going to try to do that. Any creative <br>stuff would be great! I feel kind of lost right now
because I'm so overwhelmed!<br><br>I think I'm going to have the kids create their own portfolios and a <br>sketchbook. Then I might give them a sketchbook assignment, probably very open ended <br>so that they can choose their own style or materials. I'll collect it once a <br>week and just check off that they did something. I'm planning on having <br>deadlines, and if students don't reach them, they will have maybe an extra week to <br>finish the project at home? I have some cool journal entry questions that I <br>might get them to think about and just jot down ideas into their sketchbooks. <br>Um, and I'm trying to come up with a supply list to send home with them: <br>Maybe large shirts for the little kids and a shirt or apron for the older kids, <br>baby wipes, pencils, maybe a small set of coloring pencils, eraser, <br>sharpener...not really sure...<br><br>As you can see I have a lot to figure out by Monday!<br><br>Any last minute
advice?<br><br>Thanks!<br>Stacie<br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html >