Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Swept Away by Hurricane School Year

I simply can not believe that we are in the middle of October already. It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my classroom for the summer.  As much as I love the school year, entering school that first day sometimes feels like boarding a space shuttle that will be hurtling through the atmosphere for 9 crazy months. There is no slowing down, and no getting off. As enjoyable as that wild and crazy ride ahead is sure to be, it is also the cause of some mourning, apprehension, a lot of planning, and a healthy dose of last minute panic. It has been a hectic few months and the blog postings have fallen by the wayside, but there is lots more to come. I've been spending a lot of time thinking, reading, and practicing:
  • 21st century learning skills and what that means in the world of art education
  • exciting new technology
  • organization nation (that could be a catchy new nick name for my class room)
  • working smarter, not harder
  • working twice as much (oops!) with all that time I have freed up working so smartly
  • making connections across curriculum
  • collaboration
and last but not least:
finding ways to slow down for a few minutes to capture and enjoy the fleeting quality of light and nature while it lasts (and how that can benefit your students as much as it benefits you); because isn't essentially what got us all started as artists in the first place?

More on all of this in the weeks and months ahead.

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