I'm sure I'm going to be asking a ton of questions in the weeks before my first teaching job starts, but for now I've mostly been reading all of the great ideas that have been circulating. I feel so fortunate to have some sort of support network out there since I don't know any art teachers personally. For now, I have a question about the beginning of school. I'm thinking about making my first project a sketchbook. I've heard that some of you have the kids create their own sketchbooks, and I thought that would be a good starter project. I'm also thinking that I might want the kids to do journal entries in the books as well. I thought I might put a question on the board either every day or once a week that they have to respond to in the first few minutes of class. These would be really open ended questions, asking them how they feel about things. I want to get them thinking. I'd like to assign a sketchbook assignment each week. What kinds of things do you assign as homework?
So, I'm wondering how the kids can make a decent book, something that is relatively simple, that they can make their own, yet something that will last through the year? Also, what ages would be appropriate? Of course, my kindergarteners will be too young to make a sketchbook, but I really don't know about the other grades.
I'm also trying to think of the first day of school. I want to introduce myself, get to know something about the kids, go over procedures and rules, etc...Any neat ideas? It would be nice to let them do something artistic on that first day, something that will tie in to the important things I want to cover...maybe some "getting to know you" project...Any ideas?
Ok, I know that turned into more than one question!