NAEA Secondary Teachers
A social network for secondary art teachers!
Latest Activity: Feb 3
Started by Rebecca Stone-Danahy Feb 19, 2012.
Anyone attending the National Convention this year? I am and so I am looking to meet up with other Independent Art Teachers for Secondary Schools.
Thanks for your recent post, Trinity! I am glad that you were able to find some studio time in the summer. It is very easy to not make the time and do other things! However, I have found that it is like working out and when I keep up with it, the benefits are healthy and long-lasting!
Recently, I came across a long forgotten note in my classroom, stuffed far back into the depths of the portfolio storage unit and clearly written by at least two students passing it back and forth. While I found the note to be a humorous perspective of what is really happening in the classroom, I found myself reflecting on the last comment at the bottom of the page, “What’s for lunch?” and “Why did we sign up to do this again?” As an adult, I can certainly remember asking myself similar questions at various points in my life. However, as a teacher, I assume that my students are totally engaged in whatever project or process we are exploring. The truth is that sometimes students are asking themselves, “Why did we sign up to do this again?” How is your year going? Do you feel the students are engaged in your curriculum or do you need a jump start to problem-solve through tough issues? The ISAE is here to help!
I'm a little late to Rebecca's question posted over the summer... but the #1 thing that I hoped to accomplish this summer for myself was a personal art journal challenge. So often we get busy with lesson plans, research, and putting our art programs and students as top priority; that we may not have the time to dabble in our own process of creating as artists. Although I did still focus time and energy on my plans for the upcoming school year, I also made it a point to sketch and journal throughout the summer. I challenged my self to carry my sketchbook with me along with a little supply of watercolor and pen & ink and told myself that if I had an inkling or creative inspiration - I was to take a moment and capture it. With a busy summer of my children's schedules and summer activities, I failed to accomplish this everyday, but I did however accomplish quite a bit more in my sketchbook than I have in years past. As the summer came to an end, I was proud of the initiative I took in making this a priority and loved the moments it allowed me to "get lost in the process" of my own art journaling and mark making. I hope to continue this challenge next summer.
I will be moving to Charleston in the next month to begin working for Ashley Hall School in downtown Charleston! I look forward to starting a new job and working with my new independent school colleagues!
Thanks to those of you that have joined this discussion board! To get the conversation rolling, what is the #1 thing that you hope to accomplish this summer - either for yourself or your school?
I teach at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock AR
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