Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday Think Tank: A Day in the Life of an Art Educator!

I just wanted to do a quick run down of what my typical day looks like for all of you!

5:00 am Wake Up, Get Ready, Breakfast, & Hit the Road!

7:15 am Arrive at School Put my Apron on!

As soon as I arrive I put on my apron. I may not always need it, but its like my badge of honor and it helps me keep track of things that I normally set down somewhere and lose. For example the control for the projector, I'm always losing that! I also keep pens, sticky notes and erasers in my pockets just in case.

During this time I also make sure my objectives are correct for the day, change the date/agenda on the board or update any information that needs to be updated.

7:30 am during this time if I have tutoring I am usually helping students with their work or they are working independently. I also take this time to prep materials for the day or cut paper if we're beginning a new project.  During clay season, I'd be loading or unloading the kiln to get it ready for a firing.

8:10 am Bell Rings and students come pouring in!

8:15-11:42 am I have FOUR Art I classes made up of 7th and 8th graders. Art I is our art design course or basically introduction to art. The students learn basic skills, and all about the Elements and Principles of Art.

11:45-12:17 pm LUNCH This year I enjoy having lunch in the Library since it is less crowded than the teachers lounge.

12:20-1:10 pm This is my conference period. I use this time to update grades, put away materials before my afternoon classes, or hang artwork. IF I have time I even update my blog or post on my school Instagram account.

1:13-3:45 pm I have THREE Advanced Art classes this year. Advance Art 3D Design. So we tackle a lot of 3D projects like the Home project, and Altered Books.

3:45 pm My 8th period class usually helps to stack chairs and clean the floor before they leave. In our school we walk all the students out into the main hallway at the end of the day toward their respective exits (Bus Riders, Car Riders, Walkers).

4:00-5:00 pm

Monday I have ART CLUB. This year our name is S.A.S. (Secret Art Society) we help out with Library nights and other activities and events that go on in the school.

Tuesday once a month we have a district Art Department Meeting at one of the middle schools. We meet and share different ideas, lesson plans and talk about district events in which we are participating. I'm excited to share some future projects I'll be involved with this year!

Wednesday is reserved for our weekly staff meetings on campus. This year I am also in charge of

Thursday & Friday I try to go home on time unless a student asks for extra help.

Saturday is my day to relax!

Sunday I try to finish up any lesson plans and also review what I've got planned for the week. I also take this day to make lunches for the week so I don't have to worry about it.

There you have it! I'd say its nothing too special, but it takes a lot of work!

What does your day typically consist of? Comment below!

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