… so there are 2 classes in each grade, K-1, K-2…1st-1, 1st-2 and so on
Each class has from 15-19 kids.
They redid the schedules so I would see each class twice a week.
I’m cool with that.. we will fly through my lessons, but its doable.
My problem - the principle lumped both 5th grade classes into one when they go to their specials (PE, Computers, music… ART)
that’s approximately 32 students.. lemme rephrase that, 32 angry, sassy, rude, loud 10 year olds all at once in my room.
How in the hell am I supposed to teach painting, drawing, clay.. anything..
how will they share supplies, be productive, focus, when they are all bickering on top of each other.
I’ve complained, I’ve taken the liberty to rewrite the entire schedule so 5th graders can be separated for every special class, the principle doesn’t care. the assistant principle advised me to create a more in-depth consequence plan for bad behavior. discipline discipline discipline.. my LEAST favorite part of teaching… and soon to be the only thing i do for 90 minutes a week while i have this ridiculously jammed pack art class :(
Stopped by the brick house kitchen, they are using one of my logos I drew for them for t-shirts. They paid me for the drawing :)
She also talked to me about painting huge murals on their fence. She wants iconic scenes of Charleston. I am supposed to give them a price tomorrow!! EEK :)
I then went downtown to Black Bean Company.. a cute little lunch spot with healthy eats. They support the arts. Met with the owner and he loved my paintings.. he picked out SEVEN of them to hang around the restaurant!! He’s only taking 20% of commission too. Very excited :)
They are opening up a 2nd location next month that is bigger, and he said he’d love to hang my extra large abstracts there!!! wooooopppppwoooooppp
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Today I had students for the first time in the new classroom. It is completely different from when I came in Wednesday. There are still a lot of things I hope to do to the walls and tables.. work in progress:)
So here is an overload of photos of my brand spankin’ new art studio (don’t call it a classroom!)
Can already tell from this first day that the paper on these tables is not gonna last long… but boy does it look nice!
3 sinks!!!!!!!!!!! from the teacher who started as “art-on-a-cart” and had to lug water jugs and wet-naps from room to room haha
Chocked full of books on artists and styles!! Vincent Van Gogh is my artist of the month :)
Only 1 side of my storage room is stocked… everything along the right side are giant poster art reproductions from every artist under the sun!! Going to use the other side of the storage closet as drying wracks for sculptures and clay :)
Giant, never been used KILN! now to order (hopefully) lots of clay!
Big, easily accessible shelf that holds all of their newly-made portfolios perfectly!
So I googled NASA Kepler.. I suggest you do the same and read up on this! They have only been conducting research for 4 months, and have already found 1200+ planets that orbit a sun and could have life on them in our galaxy…”including 54 that orbit their host stars in the so-called “habitable zone,” that just-right range of distances that allow liquid water to exist.”
This is crazy stuff… all are things I assumed, but now have scientific data to back it up! Imagine the kind of information they are gonna have after years of research.. this has only been 4 month in the making…
I’m sure though that once they start finding the real crazy information, we will no longer hear about it!
I worked on the music clef painting last night. Wasn’t crazy about the cloud I had put at the bottom during the first session… so I struggled trying to find a way to tie the clouds into the rest of piece.
I came across an article in the Folly Current that summarized 2010’s amazing surf conditions, and decided to use scraps of it. If you look closely each newspaper bubble has 2 separate layers, and the words shown remind me of our time here on Folly thus far :)
I am reaaallly excited about how this piece came together last night!!
I may do a tiny bit of touching up… but I’m getting that good feeling that this one is finished :)
Crushed the interview, got the call.. I think I’m starting ASAP, but need to go downtown to the main HR offices of Charleston County Public Schools and turn in/fill out lots of paperwork to get the process rolling!
I’m super excited!!
It’s a big brand new school. They haven’t had an art teacher all year, and their old art teacher was part-time.. so I get to kinda start from scratch without them comparing me to anyone. No “big shoes to fill” .. which is nice (everyone at Young Park said that to me when I first started).
The school is preK-6th though.. and I’ll be responsible for turning in weekly lesson plans for each of those 7 grades!! Young Park was K-5th… so this will be two new grades to teach… and I never really turned in lesson plans there.. a lot more work to be done..
But nevertheless… hooray!!
celebrating will commence once Billy gets off work tonight :)
Walked 6 miles today with Ashley .. all the way to the lighthouse from my house on the east side of the island :)
Got home and ate the most amazing salad and vegetable soup made by my martha-stewart-esque friend Angie!! She cooks the most delicious food, and sends so many pre-proportioned tupperware leftovers our way… it’s too wonderful!
spent the rest of the evening preparing for my interview tomorrow!! I’m really well-prepared, qualified, ready to kick some ass.. yet still nervous!!
The painting was of a velveteen rabbit.. wasn’t crazy about it. It was just a little much for these tiny gals and I ended up having to help draw a lot of their rabbits to ward off emotional breakdowns….. but in the end they turned out realllyy cute!!:)
So I’ve been putting along with the process of accepting a full time position at La Petite Academy as the Pre-K teacher… not fully excited, but realizing I can’t live off part-time work anymore, and need benefits.
BUT THEN.. yesterday I get a call from Charleston County Public Schools HR guy saying he’s forwarding my info to an elementary school that’s looking for an art teacher… AND TODAY I get a call from the principal, anddddd now I have an interview set up with them for Monday!!
The school is E. B. Ellington Elementary, and it’s almost an hour drive away.. but how wonderful would that be to line up a teaching job, finish out the school year, have July and August to prepare, and know I’m all set for the upcoming year!
Oooooohhhh Cross Those Fingers… THIS is what I want!!
My work seems to be getting too busy.. I might need to edit myself more. I wish I was still in art school and could get some serious critiques. I’m feeling in a creative rut. I’m out of canvases, and my style needs growth and change.