Well, it's a reality of the job. Sometimes they get mad at you. You love them through it, and you make sure they know you will never give up on them! It's a teachable moment. An opportunity to model how to manage our emotions in real-time. I really do love what I do, even when it is hard. I know what I do matters. @aekoonlaba @partyinartroom
Another favorite was a pic of a small group math lesson I was doing with third graders. I had been using a worksheet to help the different groups of students remember about bar graphing before launching an arts-integrated lesson on data collection and analysis. On the day I took this photo, I did not make it to the copy machine. So, I just hand drew the worksheet. I think that is some kind of karma telling me to stop using worksheets all together! What do you think?
What happens when the art teacher can't get to the copy machine to make copies of a bar graph sheet for her small group tutoring session? She just draws the sheet! After using this to review bar graphs, the students will use pony beads to create a sculptural work of art. They will focus their creative attention on color theory. Then, they'll record data about the amount of each color used. The class will combine their individual data to create a whole class scaled bar graph for analysis. #artsintegration #artsed @aekoonlaba @partyintheartroom
Finally, another favorite was a pic of me leaving the gym and heading to school. I am a happy, healthy, engaged teacher. I really love what I do. I am happy to go to work each day. I reflected on how taking care of my body helps me continue to feel this way even when the job is hard. (I can totally see my wrinkles in this pic, but I love my life and I earned those. So, I don't mind!)
Wednesday, I shared pics of my students' artwork. Yesterday, I shared pics of my beautiful school. Today, I want to share about my professional life. One thing that I believe helps me be so actively involved in so many things is taking care of myself. I didn't used to do this, and I never had any energy and was down in the dumps all the time. Now, I really try to eat healthier and exercise. It helps me feel better and have more energy. This is me leaving the gym this morning! I will be writing a blog post for ASCD's InService later this month about this. I hope you will check it out! @aekoonlaba #partyinartroom
If you'd like to carry the CTQ Baton, you can sign up. It took me like two seconds to sign up. Then, they emailed me, and I chose a date. I'm pretty sure any educator can do it. You don't have to have any certain qualifications other than being an educator. It is a great way to promote your work and advocate for the profession. I hope hope hope I see some of my friends doing this. I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE HOPE HOPE I get to see some more Mississippi teachers doing this! Many great teachers are doing many great things in Mississippi's schools. We need to show the world!
Oh, and P.S. Go follow Party in the Art Room on Instagram! Pretty please! You won't be disappointed! @partyinartroom
I heart you! Happy Sunday!