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Re: [teacherartexchange] Update...surviving!


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 18:37:52 PDT


Way to go. Sounds like the fire is lite and the
learning is at hand. Getting them on track and
focusing on the possibilities is a great start. I
like you are not worrying about materials and a sink
at this point. Try to take the focus of not having
ceramics, there is so much more to do in 3D then just

You will have your up and down days but keep them
excited wanting to come back each day for more. Engage
them, make them think, brainstorm (you mentioned you
have done some already). Connecting to the other Art
Teachers and not isolating yourself is a plus.

I know things will go well.

Jeff (Minnesota)

--- wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I've now taught two days in high school. Of course,
> I haven't really taught
>'s been mostly procedures and paperwork,
> and we've been on an
> irregular schedule...all seven periods for different
> lengths of time. Tomorrow we
> start the regular block schedule. I'll have four
> classes, 90 minutes each, with
> no break.
> So far, I feel like I'm going to like high school
> way better than middle.
> For the most part, the kids seem so much more
> mature. I do have some freshmen
> who stick out like a sore thumb...really immature
> boys, but I've got some
> students who seem great. I actually feel a little
> excited, and it's only because i
> feel like I might finally have the teaching
> experience that I always
> where the students are engaged and
> where I don't feel like only a
> babysitter. The idea of having a class of active
> learners is so exciting that I
> don't even care that I don't have supplies or a
> sink.
> Many of the kids were really bummed that they won't
> be having ceramics, and
> some of them are scheduled with me twice, which
> means they will have two of the
> same classes! It's nuts, and i have no idea what
> I'm doing...but things have
> gone much smoother than last year. Seating charts
> are done, procedures and
> sketchbook assignments have already been given out.
> The students have
> interviewed each other and written a response to
> "What is art." Most of them have
> been very respectful, and one boy even helped carry
> my crate up the stairs today!
> That would have never happened in my old school! I
> swear, it's like a new
> world, and I feel relieved and excited about the new
> year! I didn't expect to
> feel this way this week, and I'm so worried that
> it's all going to crumble
> after the honeymoon period, but I'm hopeful! Maybe
> this is where I belong!
> Besides that, my county is working on a raise, and
> I'm getting a stipend for
> the extra period I have to teach. I might be making
> a considerable amount
> more than I was at my old school. The other art
> teachers are awesome, and I feel
> like I've already bonded. I feel like I have
> support...coworkers who "get
> it" and the union and art teacher associations.
> Last year, I felt so
> alone...except for you guys!
> Anyway, I just wanted to share some of my
> excitement. Now I need to figure
> out what I'm going to do with the kids tomorrow!
> I'm thinking of going over
> some basics, giving them a pretest, maybe having
> them create personal mandalas.
> I also have an idea for them to work in groups and
> create a mascot based on
> an artist. We'll see. Any ideas are welcome. I've
> got pencils, colored
> pencils and a few boxes of markers.
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