September marks the beginning of a new school year, and changes are bound to occur. This year, we have several new staff members at our school, including a new secretary and administrator. Our former principal took a position at the Central Office Level, and our assistant principal moved into her position. In addition to these… Continue reading A Time for Change
Update on yesterday’s Art Teacher League Bowling game: I won the high score!! More specifically… the best score I have ever bowled in duckpin (or regular bowling for that matter)! I got to take home the trophy, which now looks like this: It’s gotten pretty heavy, so my plan is to add wheels and/or create a mini… Continue reading For the Win!
Wow! I can’t believe I have the chance to write back-to-back posts after a brief hiatus. Schools are closed today due to icy conditions on the road, conveniently also the day after the Super Bowl. My coworkers and I were discussing last week how the day after the Super Bowl should be recognized as a… Continue reading Open to Opportunity
It’s been nearly a year since my original post about Exercising Mindfulness. I feel like now is a good time to revisit/reflect on this topic and how I have been applying it lately. For starters, I have developed a regular yoga practice at a nearby studio. The mind and body awareness that I receive from… Continue reading Exercising Mindfulness, Part 2
Mindfulness, by definition, is the state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state that focuses on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts and feelings. I am becoming increasingly interested in mindfulness as it applies to my life and my teaching. Over the summer on our family vacation, my sister recommended… Continue reading Exercising Mindfulness
A little Monday Motivation for you all. The topic: organization. Interpret this however you want. As an elementary art teacher, I find organization to be a crucial part of my effectiveness in the classroom. I mean this in various aspects of the word: organization of the physical classroom space (including materials), the structure of lessons, collection… Continue reading Getting Organized
Playing catchup on the past month… a lot has happened! The State of the Schools Luncheon event is coming up in about a week. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what it’s all about, but I am looking forward to attending this year. Each year, art teachers (and/or students) from each school create a centerpiece for… Continue reading The Space Between