So all your comments yesterday about your own relationships and things almost brought me to tears. I love hearing that people are so happy. I loved reading every comment left on the first q&a.
Also I know lots of you left questions about Kev and his camera and photography and things so He told me to tell you all he will do some special posts in the next month specifically about photography tips (lighting, composition, his camera, etc…) so get ready for it!!
Lets go on now to round 2! Here are the questions asked pertaining to Teaching:
1. What Grades to you teach?
I teach grade 9 thru grade 12. The classes are generally a mix of the 4 high school grades.
2. What classes do I teach?
I teach a total of 5 different classes during the day with 2 prep periods. I teach:
1. A Painting and Drawing class
2. A Sculpture and Ceramics class
3. A Graphic Design class
4. A Mixed Media class
5. A Senior Art Portfolio class
3. Did I always want to be a teacher?
I don’t know if I wanted to always be a teacher, but I did know I always wanted to do something with art. I just could not get enough art at home or at school growing up. I went to school my first year of college as a Graphic Design major and decided that sitting in front of a computer all day was not for me (kinda funny thought since I sit in front of the computer now to blog all the time).
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4. How did I become a teacher?
Well it is different for every state and country so if you are interested I would check with your own department of education but for me, I went to a 4 year college (Framingham State College) and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. I was an art ed. major at first but in Mass you don’t need to major in education to become a teacher so I dropped it to just studio art with a minor in art history. I knew that later in life I wanted to be a college professor, so just an art degree was a little better for that. Then I took my Teacher Test’s for MA. It consists of 2 tests. A subject test (for me art) and an English & Literacy test. Both were very hard but I passed on my first try which I was very excited about. That gives you a preliminary license for teaching in the state of MA. You then have to go on to teach for 3 years at one school and get your Masters degree in a designated amount of time to advance to a professional license. That is where I am in the steps. I need to start going back to school to get my MFA. I am quite excited about it though!!
5. What is my favorite thing about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching art is that I am surrounded by art all day long. Its like a dream. I get to paint and draw just as much as the kids. I do all the projects along with them usually. I mean I always have examples already made but then I like to redo another one along with them. The second thing is the students. There are def. some students who make teaching hard but the ones who really enjoy your class and you can tell love to learn what you are teaching them warm my heart. They make it all worth it. I love the students. I get so attached to them- and invested in their lives and well being. Seeing kids who you have helped along the way graduate and get into college is a very rewarding feeling. I really feel like teachers are a huge influence in kids lives so I just hope everyday that I am doing a good job and can help in a positive way!
6. Pros/cons of teaching?
CONS: It is a lot of work. Teaching does not end at 2:30. People think its easy and will give you a hard time about your easy hours and lots of vacations. Its very draining and frustrating some days dealing with teenagers. You don’t get paid a lot and I really don’t enjoy all the School politics the go on.
PROS: You do get the summers off. Although people will poke fun- I don’t care what anyone says teachers deserve those summers. They need that time to regroup and relax so they don’t burn out. SNOW DAYS!, Students. Sometimes I have time to work on my own artwork.
7. What is my favorite lesson to teach?
My favorite lessons usually come from my mixed media class. I do this lesson where we go up to the elementary school and the kids get to pick out a story book that they want to recreate. We then learn about book making and different forms that can take. They then have to recreate their story by drawing out pictures and creating a tunnel book with 2 sides for telling their story. Sort of like these ones but ours have hard sides and a top and are a complete little box.
8. I got asked this one alot- Does anyone at school know about your blog?
The answer is NO!! and I would very much like to keep it like that. I don’t share very much about myself with the students. I share what I need to but other than that I keep that stuff private. I would feel really weird about the kids coming in and saying that they read about what I did over the weekend or knew where I was or where I would be going. There are a few student who I think would really enjoy it, but as soon as one knows they all would know, so I just keep it all private. Some know that I sell crafts online because sometimes I bring all my felt and stuff to make brooches during down times. The other teachers I work with don’t know either because I don’t really know any of them all that well. They are all a lot older than me and I really just like keeping that part private. A few times some kids have found me on facebook and asked to be my friend but I keep my page private and I deny them and then just tell them in school that it was nice they asked me but I can’t be their friends. Maybe when they leave for college.
9. How do I keep my clothes clean at school?
Not very well that’s for sure. I have ruined my fair share of clothes here at school. Some in catastrophic ways. haha. Imagine me shaking a huge bottle of turquoise glaze that some kid didn’t screw the top on and me being completely covered head to toe with it. I was not a happy camper. I now am a little better and checking tops before I shake things and wearing a smock if I really want to be careful. That’s also why I don’t buy things that are very expensive.
10. How does my fashion style work with being in a professional setting? What do the students think of my style?
I think it works just fine. Sometimes I will feel the looks from other teachers but I know its just cause my style is different than theirs. I am no way less professional looking then them. I am a young teacher and I feel like I always present myself in a respectful and tasteful way at school.
The kids for the most part don’t seem to care all the much because they are all to obsessed with abercrombie, uggs, and hollister. There are a few girls that really like how I dress, they always come up to me and tell me they like my outfits or ask where I shop and things. Its very sweet.
11. As a teacher how do you find time to do your own artwork? have energy? motivation for your own creative ambitions?
I think being an art teacher fosters that motivation. You are around art all day and I am always looking up artist and things for lesson plans. Its very inspiring for me. Energy is just something you need to give your self with good rest and have a drive to continue on when you get home instead of plopping down in front of the tv. Sometimes I will even stay at school longer after the day is over to work on my own stuff because its very easy to work here. There are no distractions. No TV, none of my stuff. You will find what works best for you.