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I'm proud to let you know I've found a job! Better late than never! I'll
be teaching k-8 art in a small (145 total students) public school very
close to home. That's nice since I'd been expecting a long commute, living
near almost nowhere as I do. I'm a brand new teacher made out of a
slightly used artist person and I'm really happy to be here!
However, the supply closets, nooks and crannies and the 'art cart' are in a
huge mess of sagging boxes and sliding piles of assorted stuff. My initial
inventory shows the supplys seem to be heavy in the yarn, felt, glitter and
craft type stuff and very light in the classic medias such as quality white
paper, good brushes, good pencils, charcoal, etc, and I've found almost no
art history reference materials at all.
There is a rumored curriculum, but I haven't seen it yet and classes start
tomorrow. I suspect weaving is mentioned a lot in it. Meanwhile I'll be
starting slow with simple crayons, markers, and pencils as I unpack the
nooks and crannies they call storage here.
I have few indications of what the students have been doing. I suspect
they will need reenforcement of basic principles and elements of design, so
my query is this: Do any of you use single period (40 min) assessment
quizes on the principles and elements of design? Could you share them
with ArtsEdNet (me?) as soon as possible (yesterday???????)? I figure the
K-2 is in one classroom and will benifit from my introductory P & E lessons
anyway, and I'm planning to have the 8th grade make P & E review books as
Sidnie Miller suggested here last April. So I'm mostly interested in
quizzes for use in the 3rd-7th grades.
Another question is about how to manage time for one 70 minute K-2 class
per week, and one 80 minute 3rd grade class per week. I'm having a hard
time visualizing these young ones doing any one thing for that long.
Should we sing a song or take a walk or something in the middle? Any art
lessons out there which incorporate something physical in the middle??
I can't wait to hear from you all!
Mark Alexander, K-8 Art Teacher
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031
(Mark Alexander) mamjam