Magazine article School Arts

Starting the Year off Right: We All Know That Teachers Think of Years in Terms of September to June. It's September-Time for New Year's Resolutions! A Resolution Is a Promise You Make to Yourself

Magazine article School Arts

Starting the Year off Right: We All Know That Teachers Think of Years in Terms of September to June. It's September-Time for New Year's Resolutions! A Resolution Is a Promise You Make to Yourself

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What is the main thing that you would like to resolve to change or improve for this coming school year?

I posed this question to a group of art teachers and the number one answer was to get organized. Organization can be a challenge for the art teacher. We need and handle many more materials, visuals, cultural exemplars, etc. than other teachers in the school. Also, most art teachers have a tendency to look disorganized even when they know exactly where everything can be found.

* Planning and organization go hand in hand. Rather than organized I like to use the words well thought out when I refer to getting ready for the school year. Organization is mental and physical. Take time to get rid of unnecessary clutter or at least box it up and label it for future use.

* Give your classroom some pizzazz. Decorate it in a fresh and inviting way.

* Get to know the entire faculty and staff. Build relationships that will bolster collaboration and cooperation. Keep in close contact with your administration.

* Establish a few rules and stick to them. My first teaching job came complete with three rules that were adopted by the entire faculty: 1. Hands to yourself, 2. Voices low, and 3. Walk.

Think about it; that pretty much covers any behavior problems that one might encounter.

* Improve yourself. Personal growth through professional development helps foster your individual passions and creativity.

* Get parents involved. Send messages home so the community will know what is going on in the artroom and invite parents in to assist in the art program to enhance the learning experience.

You have a fresh opportunity from the first day forward to set a positive tone and high standards. Be flexible, resourceful, and patient and don't forget your sense of humor. Happy New Year!

How can you celebrate the beginning of a new school year? …

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