Hello everyone, I've been reading your advice and thoughts since I student taught last fall. Now I am employed and will be teaching art in a middle school in New Jersey this September. Of course, with new employment comes all the questions you wouldn't have thought about asking as a student teacher.
I'm sure I'll have tons of questions during the upcoming year and hope that I can share them. My environment is rather interesting and has been causing me to delve into planning my curriculum now. I will be teaching in empty science labs rather than an art room--it will be a challenge as well as a unique learning experience. Because of that I probably will be moving from room to room with maybe some small space to store things in each room--not sure yet. Any advice?
Also I'm going to be teaching a ceramics class--I've only taken one class in college and a class in high school--very in depth however. Can anyone give me advice on clay recycling--I've forgotten how they did it at school and if it would even make sense to do in a middle school, considering my situation. Also--I'm completely unsure of how much clay to purchase! Any recommendations on good glaze colors? I know that it's easy to buy a lot of colors, then fire them and some turn out horrendous.
As some of you answer my questions in the future I hope that I can be of help to some of yours--this has been a wonderful forum that I am glad to now be able to use, rather than just observe.
Jennie in New Jersey