Aaron and Jennifer wrote: > > I have a question for all you veteran teachers. I am starting on the > grand voyage of teaching my curriculum, since our district does not have > one. Someone once told me that as a new teacher, one should create at least > one lesson a year (a semester in my case) and do it really well. (Having > good visuals, resources, videos, etc., etc.) Right now, I am trying to not > overwhelm myself with too many projects like that. For instance, right now I > am preparing a lesson on Frida Kahol. I have selected passages for the > students to read and works of art to look at. I am also looking for a video > on her, too that I have access to. Of course, I still need to get everything > together for the meat of the project - a self-portrait. I am barely staying > afloat making sure all the stupid administrative things are getting done. > (Like attending meetings that have been cancelled, but no one notifies me > and of course it is my fault for not being a mind reader. Sorry, a little > bitterness.) > I am getting a little winded. All in all, I finding myself becoming > burnt, not burnt out, just crispy. I don't want to do a second-hand job > teaching my students. In turn, in order for me to teach them "properly" I > have so much to do. I really don't have any other resources. The other art > teachers in the district merely teach how to draw cartoon characters - at > least from what I have seen and heard. Is this "normal"? To feel crispy as I > do? Am I doing too much? I am trying to convince myself that I am not, and > that I have so much to do because I have not built a base to work from. (A > general base of projects and project materials) Any advice will most > appreciated. > > Jennifer in Michigan
Beware, there is a video on Frida that's an independent art film. It's
called Frida. Don't use it. It's not appropriate.