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[teacherartexchange] new year, new challenges, need help!


From: sarah k (sarah.kerns3_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 09 2010 - 15:22:50 PDT

 Hi Art Teachers!

It looks like my part time art teaching job will be full time this
year (wohoo!), teaching grades 2-8 at a small Catholic school in
Quincy, MA.
I have never taught grades two or three before, expect in a summer
camp setting. I also haven't had some of the students (and I'm not
sure if they had a licensed art teacher before). Three schools merged
to one over the summer. We will have an awesome amount of class time,
twice a week for 45mins and I don't want this precious time to go to
waste! Currently, there is no curriculum I've been asked to follow, so
like the past two years, I will be creating it on my own. I want to
include the elements and principles, as well as appreciation. But
mostly I want to provide the children with new, enriching experiences.

I have been teaching art on the elementary level for almost four
years, but this year will definitely be a new challenge! Does anyone
have curriculum to recommend? Or resources? Our new principal is very
supportive of the arts, but this will very much be a transition year.
I want to be able to create a solid program, on little to no budget,
that the children will go home and talk about. Any words of wisdom or
advice would be very much appreciated.

As always, thank you!
Reaching for the stars,

Sarah Kerns

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