- Hi Cathy,
I too am a new teacher this year after 6 years of doing graphic
design. I am working i=for a chater school and only have $100 a
quater for supplies. This is the first year that they have had a
really art teacher so I am starting from scratch. I wrote a letter
to all the parents asking for donations of supplies and recieved an
over whelmeing response. you would be suprised how much they want to
I have 5-8 once a week for 45 mins. and k-1 twice a week for 30
mins. it is a struggle you are not alone. I am making up my own
curriculum as I go. These kids are very patient with me and we are
experimenting alot. I have found that as long as they are not doing
worksheets they are happy and they don't know if a lesson bombs or
not. so trial by fire is the method to my madness right now. Good
luck and remeber you are not alone.
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> I am a first year K-12 art teacher. I previously was a graphic
> designer and illustrator for 17 years. I accepted a part time
> position with a small remote rural school in northeast Colorado
> has a four day school week. The school suffered a fire last yearand
> lost almost all of its art supplies.
> I am in my second week and find that I feel somewhat lost. I have
> only 8 HS students and have started on drawing basics with them.
> There is a wide range of skill and attitudes regarding art. I have
> three 35 minutes sessions, back to back each day, for elementary
> (4,5 & 6 in one class, 2 & 3 in another, and K & 1 in the last). I
> have approx. 16-18 students in each session. I only have 5 minutes
> in between.
> I struggle to find lessons for my elementary that can be
> accomplished in such a short window, be enjoyable, and I can still
> be ready for my next class.
> I am using the first two weeks to acquaint myself with my students
> and their skills, but then I need to dig in and focus on building
> lesson plans and ordering the appropriate supplies to restock the
> I guess that I feel so overwhelmed that I am freezing up. Would
> anyone share suggestions to help me to relax and get into a
> productive mode?
> Cathy Martin
> Woodrow, CO