So...a week from today I'll begin two weeks of new teacher induction for my new adventure as art teacher for a new K-6 charter school about 15 minutes west of where I live. It will eventually be a K-8 school, so that might mean changes in the organization of the art program, as well. But for now, I'm looking forward to being there at the start of the new school...new staff, fresh faces, eager students and families...all of us excited about the possibilities!
The biggest change for me (besides being in an entirely new school) will be that, for the first year, I'll be on a CART! Hmmm...I'm equally intrigued and terrified by this. I know it will be a challenge, but I'm going to face it with a smile and simply be grateful that I am able to continue teaching art and doing what I love. The plan, as I understand it, is that the school will receive an additional building this year. So by next school year (2012-2013) I, and any other teachers moving from room to room, should have a dedicated classroom. This year will certainly have its challenging moments, but there will be exciting ones, as well. And just think of how my skills in organization and efficiency will grow! :)
I've found a few fantastic sites with helpful information from teachers who have been teaching from an art cart for years and have it down to a science. I will certainly be taking their advice!
- NEAE Advisory: Teaching from an Art Cart (Winter 1993) - via getty.edu