Re: [art_education] Tips on being a traveling art teacher needed
I did this for many years in MD. with no problem, everything works out.
--- On Sat, 3/31/12, yrbrownarted <yrbrownarted@...> wrote:
From: yrbrownarted <yrbrownarted@...>
Subject: [art_education] Tips on being a traveling art teacher needed
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:01 AM
I may be traveling to two middle schools next year. Please share your tips, experiences, photos,etc. I currently think that I will have two class session at the start of the day and two at the close of the day. I will travel each day of the work week. I plan on grading all work on site. I do not have the disposition to trudge around with art from two sites. I may keep my current work site as my home base.
Some questions/concerns I have are:
1. How do you handle exhibition of artwork at two sites?
2. How do you keep your energy high?
3. How do you keep from carrying massive quantities of materials to two places daily?
4. Tips on organizing lessons are appreciated.
5. Grading for two sites, how to stay on top of it and feel effective and ahead of the curve.
6. How do you stay out of the politics of two sites
7. Suggestions on involving parents and staff in the art courses at two sites.
8. How do you get a working budget at two places.
9. Suggestions on ordering and storing materials for two sites.
Thank you for weighing in.
I teach at the elementary and a middle school in my district. They are close to each other in distance, but the work load is the same. I've been at it for three years now, but when I was hired, it was to give the high school teacher a break from teaching all three grades at the same time. He's past retirement age and he'd been doing it for 5 years! Believe me HE kept it simple! Well, I don't blame him, that was a heavy load! But I see grades 5-8 before lunch and I have them for about 45 minutes. I get a lot of great ideas from Princetonol art lessons online. We focus more on drawing and painting in Middle. I made my own curriculum map last year based on the Illinois Standards, but basically I do different variations on portraits, masks, landscapes, styrofoam printing, watercolor technique, contour and blind contour, clay, and mobiles or sculpture. I give students a week to two weeks for big projects. I try to do 4 big projects, 4-5 smaller projects ( less than a week to complete) a couple of worksheets with articles on art topics, and we are in Common Core testing already so the kids have a pretest and a test every quarter that is different at each grade level, created to show a progression of improvement from one grade to the next. I keep a class folder for them to turn in their work so it's easy for me to organize and each student creates a portfolio folder so they can keep their own work organized. I hang up work twice a quarter from all four grades and I only pick a couple big projects from each class, but everyone's work gets shown. I used to try to hang every project, but it was too much for me to keep up with, so I condensed it. Plus, we have an art show at the end of the year on the same night as our Spring Concert.
Giving jobs in each class at Middle Scl every week gives me time to do more. They are responsible to clean their own mess at this age, so I have a Sink Boss to help put away clean paint dishes and wipe off the sinks and counters, a Supply Manager to put away supplies, a Paper Passer, and for fun we have a Class DJ to pick our radio station. Class jobs and students learning to clean up after themselves keeps me from coming back to that school to do dishes on paint days, so that's been an important thing to work on with students. The up side: when you have all the grades, you can train them right! In the elem I have 2 helpers each class, but we have two kid sinks in there, so even they can start with washing a brush or wiping their tables.
At 11 am I head to the Elem and have a lunch/ prep until 12, which is when my three 45-minute-long classes start for the afternoon. Not much time to prep. I see grades 1-4 once a week in rotation. I get grading and hanging work done during my prep at the end of the day from 2:15- til we leave at 3:30. I rarely ever stay late! I get everything done in that time, the key is to have materials ready at hand, so i pre cut paper i will need and make copies if I need them. Key for me is organizing each class' artwork in its own folder- quicker to grade, hang up, and return to classroom teachers.
For me, longer, more inolved projects take at least two classes, sometimes 3. Have mazes or puZzles printed or cheap paper for kids wee draw so they don't bother the ones who are still working.
I keep up my energy by making sure to eat breakfast in the morning- sounds corny but true. I keep myself organized in my own way, though I'm not the most organized person- you have to cut yourself some slack each day. It seems daunting at first, but it becomes second nature once you're in it every day. Keep a sense of humor and try not to pressure yourself too much.
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