Saturday, August 17, 2013

Check Out These Blogs! And Thanks!

Thank you to Khyman at Art On My Hands for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  When I started this blog about a year and a half ago, my main objective was to connect and share ideas with other art educators. The other teachers in my school have multiple colleagues in the same subject area to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of.  Special subject teachers (art, music, etc..) do not, unless you are a large district with many schools.  My district has two elementary schools but I am the only elementary art teacher.  After a while you get tired of having a conversation with yourself!  I do know other elementary art educators from our surrounding districts, but we barely get to see each other, usually once a year unless we are re-writing curriculum.  I have a good relationship with the other teachers in my schools and will often go to several whom I respect for advice on different educational topics.  Still it's not the same as talking with someone who understands your subject area and educational experiences...  Thank you to all the bloggers out there who selflessly share their ideas and experiences! :)

Here are some of the many blogs I follow there are too many to be able to choose a few!

This last one is not an art education blog.  However, if you like stories of adventure, you need go and read this one...  Trail Kit is the journal writings of Kit as she, her husband and many friends they have made (my niece is one) endure the trials, tribulations and exaltations of hiking the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end!  Kit is an excellent writer, and if you go to read her blog you really need to start reading from her March 2013 posts from where they began hiking.  They all started in Georgia and are in New Hampshire now.  They finish up in Maine.  We had the great pleasure of having their small group of travelers stay with us for a couple of days during Fourth of July while they re-grouped and re-stocked.  I give them all a lot of credit, I like to camp and hike but I would not have made it as far as they have!  The blizzard in March would have done me in at the start!  Once you start reading you will not be able to stop!

Well, school starts in a couple of weeks so things are going to get hectic around here...  I will see you when I see you!  Until then...     

Mrs.C :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lost in Curriculum!

I have been missing in action for a while...  Busy mapping curriculum, setting up assessments and rubrics, planning bulletin boards...  You know, all that fun summer stuff!  I have my two rooms to get set up yet.  Dixon/Prang sent me the same box of goodies to try out that we have been seeing on everyone's blogs lately.  I'm going to wait and let the kids at school use them to really give them the kid tested treatment! (you know what I mean!) I also have a pencil sharpener from to try out and give a review on.  I have some nasty pencils at school that never sharpen and this sharpener might be my answer to being able to actually use these pencils!  Both reviews coming up soon!

Summer literally flew by this year!

The next couple of weeks are going to be filled with a lot of planning and prep for school...
Get ready everyone because we are going...