I am writing this post after reading There's A Dragon in my Art Room.
I have to link this to my blog because I love it. Inspire yourself before you go back to school.
Ken Robinson Schools Kill Creativity VIDEO LINK!
If you are a teacher, especially an art teacher;) you have the best job in the world. You get to mold minds, a job that is not to be taken lightly. Please use your words carefully, plan your lessons for students (not art shows), and let your face reflect what you want to see in your students (don't hold back a smile till December.) I worked in a tough district. I know there were some bets out on how long I'd last here but I took my chances and smiled before December.
I hope to be joining your ranks as art teacher soon. I packed up my room today after the lay off (I am still the last hire by one hour!) I met the art teacher who would be taking my place and showed her the ropes, more like showed her the kiln! My principal is sure I will be back with the legislation passed today that sends money to our schools. One more year of supplemental money and then what? Public education needs to be better, to do better, on so many levels.
Is your state in this horrible state (I'm from Connecticut)? What is the state of your teachers union?