Congratulations on the new position!
I was in Elementary for 15 years, then moved to High School for the past six
years. I love both levels.
As stated in other posts, don't worry too much about continuity. If you can,
ask another teacher there what might have been covered in an Art I class.
Some schools have a set curriculum that might be helpful. If not, don't
sweat it. Give yourself permission to possibly repeat some things; if the
kids question you, call it "a review!" LOL
As for breaking up the time...think about a "warm up" activity that is low
prep for you...something the students get out for themselves, and work on
for the first ?fifteen? minutes of class that will help them focus and
settle while you're taking roll or readying supplies. Make it something
meaningful or they won't do it.
Decide on how much time you'll need to spend on your main
"concept/technique" taught: your demo, vocabulary, artist, practice,
Then, figure out how much clean up time the class will need.
Consider possible curriculum components such as research, journals, or
ongoing activities that students can go to when they complete a project
These will add depth to your instruction and greatly enhance their learning.
Over time, you'll develop the pieces and learn how to reach your students
----- Original Message -----
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 6:02 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Art II and block scheduling.....help!
> Hi Everyone,
> My first question....I am starting my first year at the high school level
> after teaching elementary for two years. I was told I would only have art
> 1 this semester, however, they had to give me an art 2 class. i did not
> have these kids during their art 1 so i have no idea what they already
> know. i plan on giving them some sort of questionnaire to find out. I
> wanted to ask if anyone has any great ideas of how to start off the year
> with an art 2 class or just any great lesson ideas in general for art 2.
> My second question....I am also looking for great activites to break up
> the hour and a half class period on days where students may not be working
> on projects the entire class.
> thanks so much for your help.....H. Lattimore
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