Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers: Spring into Summer

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Whew! It's the end of the school year, and you're tired and a little overwhelmed with tying up all of those loose ends. You'll be stowing away materials so the rooms can be emptied, cleaned or, worse yet, they're using your room for a summer-school class.

What to do with the projects kids forgot to pick up? You don't know if you even have the heart to throw them out, but know the kids will come back asking for them. You've got grades and reviews to hand in, and the list goes on.

TIP # 1

REENERGIZE YOURSELF AND REFLECT

You're salivating and hopefully thinking of a restful summer. Perhaps you have classes you're going to take to "fill the well" and energize yourself for the coming school year. Perhaps you'll actually have time to travel with the family, or maybe you have classes you must take to enhance your degrees.

Whatever the case might be, take this crucial time to reflect. What worked? What didn't? What would you do differently? What would you do exactly the same way? What have you learned? Did you see an article in Arts & Activities that you'd like to try with your students? Now is the time for you to try it for yourself, adapting it for your specific needs.

I bet your students created some wonderful works of art under your guidance. Why not take photographs * of it and write an article for submission to Arts & Activities, highlighting your students' successes? (Check out the Writer's Guidelines at www.artsandactivities.com.)

TIP #2

RECORD ART-ROOM SUCCESS STORIES Maybe you had a student this year who is very special in terms of extraordinary talent, drive, love of art or who has overcome difficult obstacles. Why not take a picture of this student, with permission from their parents, take pictures of a variety of their work, and depending on their age, either interview them or have them write about why they like to create art. Read a few of the Young Artist features in Arts & Activities for guidance, and nominate your student.

Whether you write an article about one of your assignments and its successful outcome featuring several of your students' work, or you consider submitting one student for his/her unique talents in the Young Artist feature, think of the great sense of pride you'll feel upon seeing your students' work published, if your submission is chosen.

TIP #3

IMPRESS PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATORS Your administration, school board, superintendent and parents will be positively thrilled with the quality of work you and your students have achieved. Being published in a high caliber national art-education magazine will bring kudos and positive attention to art education in your district and state, underscoring the importance of art education in the United States. …