Looking Forward: The First Day of School

The First Day?!  Summer vacation just began. Well, for some of you, it just did. But, here in the dirty South, most of the teachers return to school in late July, and begin teaching in early August.I've been desperately working on a personal sculpture project all summer, have done little school related stuff, and have… Continue reading Looking Forward: The First Day of School

10 Practical Things No One Tells You about Teaching (Art)

The first year teaching is tough; this is both good and bad. On the one hand, everything is new and you are forever trying to find your groove. On the other, you are new, fresh out of school, and full of new, and probably awesome, ideas.  Experienced teachers rely on the wonderful energy of first… Continue reading 10 Practical Things No One Tells You about Teaching (Art)

Candles, Mirrors, and Intellectual Property in K-12 Education

This past Spring, I attended a juried Art exhibition for students at a local gallery. Several of my colleagues’ students and my students had artworks displayed in the show.  I was irked to see that the student submissions from my colleagues featured projects I had taught them how to teach.  It was surprising to me… Continue reading Candles, Mirrors, and Intellectual Property in K-12 Education

Falling in Love with Teaching (Again!)

Organized Chaos This has been an overwhelmingly difficult, exciting, and AWESOME school year.Every year we teach special kids, and have groups that really reach out and touch us. . .But, this year? My second period 8th graders simply blew me away.  In all my eight years of teaching, I’ve never taught class that has been so… Continue reading Falling in Love with Teaching (Again!)