5 years ago, I stepped into my High School Art Class and addressed my students for the first time. I had been teaching college level studio courses for 10 years, had completed an accelerated program to become a teacher, and had the confidence that comes with being of a certain age. I was ready. What could possibly go wrong?
It turn outs... alot could go wrong and it did! I think the title of this great article sums it up best: The First Year of Teaching can Feel Like a Fraternity Hazing. Between classroom chaos, disrespectful students, the fast pace of the school day, cellphones in the classroom, administrative hoops, angry parents, and long hours, it is no wonder that new teachers leave the profession in droves and never look back.
My goal is to share what I have learned over the last 4 years to help new Art teachers through their first year in the classroom. On this blog, you will find engaging art projects (complete with support materials), examples of student work, tips on keeping the art room organized, classroom management strategies, and more.
Teaching is an AMAZING profession. It can be fulfilling, profitable, and FUN... when you have the right tools for the job! It is my goal to give first year teachers a place to go for all the things I desperately searched for during my first year of teaching. All I ask in return is, if you find the site useful, share it with other art teachers.