A seed growing in my brain is starting to take root. Today there was a moment to replant for more room to grow. Those moments are rare this season and I have to jump in and act. Otherwise they slip away and leave no room to stretch for another period of time. It is like the way I do yoga or think of Taco Bell. I don't always do it or think of how good it is, but when I do get into downward dog or drive through for a taco supreme, I am reminded about how good it is and wonder why I didn't do it sooner.
I am still working out where this blog journey will take me, but I know that I want to be on it. I want this to be a place where I can share encouragement for fellow art educators like me who want so badly to make time to make our own art, need to vent to other art teachers who understand the pain and agony of our status in this current educational system, and that just need to have a good laugh with other art educators about the madness we experience some days. I want to share the successes and rewards of reaching our students and making a difference in their lives as that is usually the reason we got into our beautiful mess of the art classroom in the first place. I want to provide a place where I can express those things that happen in the classroom that we can't make up....you know what I am talking about..... and have a good laugh about it. I want to vent when I feel frustration and when I just want to shake my head in disbelief and disappointment. Don't get me wrong, this is a no negativity zone because I don't take anything too seriously these days and nothing really surprises me anymore. I have been teaching art a long time (18 years) and to all age/grade levels, and the stories I have can go on forever. There is nothing like talking about our passion with others on the same page. It is refreshing to know we are not alone especially for new teachers and those that are on their little island on a cart, in a trailer, a room with no sinks, and no one else who understands the heart and soul that goes into what we do. I hope this will grow into a fun place to be because I like fun....life is too short, and frankly, this is one way I hope to stretch my creative roots and give them more room to grow.
My next post will dive into my experience last week with X-acto blades and immature 9th graders. Stay tuned!