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Don’t stop!

Don’t stop…

LEARNING!

I like this quote: 

  
Don’t act like you know it all…

You don’t. 

Don’t put down others because you think they know less than you…

Someone could do that exact same thing to you. 

Don’t stop learning. 

That is all. 

I am Rita Clawson and I’m an Art Teacher. Judge away!

I’ve been preparing for a workshop I’m hosting at our high school tomorrow and I keep thinking of all the things I can share. I’m going to have to narrow it down, because some of the teacher coming are presenting as well. I’m so excited to CONNECT and LEARN! This workshop is not just for art teachers…there will also be several teachers there who teach other subjects—some electives, some core. It will be a mix! EXCITING!

While I was making notes on different things, I came across some projects and info that made me think about how art teachers (and other electives/ non-core) are looked at by some of our co-workers, peers, parents and others. I like to think of it as the “dumb-jock” stereotype. We are looked at as the *EASY* subjects and some even refer to us as the classes that “don’t really matter.” I’ve had parents actually say that to me. I even had a parent tell me one time that all elective teachers do is pull a grade out of their butt for each student. HA! SERIOUSLY? Other teachers have been caught saying things like, “I wish I was the art teacher and got to have all the fun.” or “I should have gotten my degree in (said elective class here) so I wouldn’t have to give state tests.” Again, SERIOUSLY? My answer to that is… oh, let me add it to the list below… read on.

I came up with this rant to answer a lot of questions on why our “EASY” CLASSES are really very important and very essential to each and every person in this world.

1. Art is EVERYWHERE! If we didn’t have art we wouldn’t have awesome tennis shoes with bright colors and aerodynamic features which make us want to purchase them and run like gazelles. (well, I don’t run, but you might) We wouldn’t have photos of loved ones hanging in our halls, water bottles with a SUPERMAN S on it to make us feel super, clothes with any pattern, color or style, music to enjoy, dance, television, web-design, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles underwear! Ok, I think you get this first point. Whether or not you like to actually create art in any form, in some way, you USE IT. It’s everywhere!

2. Art has been proven to help all kinds of learning. Creating it helps develop problem solving. There have been studies on better test scores and how it helps make a student less likely to drop out of school (sometimes an elective class is the ONLY reason a student drags themselves out of bed and on to school). Art can stand alone and/or support. It’s awesome!

3. A teacher who says OR THINKS (because some people can hold their tongue) that an art or any other elective teacher for that matter is just coloring, singing, building, creating, finger painting, etc. every single day and does nothing else, but sing and dance in class, is a teacher/person who has no idea what we are about. Sure, we have fun, but it’s because we were CALLED TO DO THIS. If you are a core teacher who was not called to do an elective, you should be having fun doing what you do best just as we are with what we do best. Am I right? When any teacher complains about an elective teacher not being as hard-working or held accountable as much as OTHER teachers…this, to me, is just a reflection of the dark sadness they have in their heart about the vocation they are apparently “stuck” in. If you put me down for what I was called to do, that only tells me there is something wrong with you–NOT ME. I could go on… but I won’t. Oh, oh, oh, one more thing…WE DO HAVE TO HELP GIVE STATE TESTS. If only we could use being an elective teacher to get out of that! EVERYONE would want to be an elective teacher then! HA!

4. A parent or even a student who believes our classes are NOT IMPORTANT makes me giggle a little. As a parent, try to be around a child that has no time in their day to create or express themselves in a unique way. If all day a student only looks at letters and numbers and they have no time to run, play, create (talking about all electives here)–you will have a student who is about to explode when they get home. When a student believes an elective class is not important, most of the time, they just don’t think they are good at it.

5. I dedicate this number all to THE GRADE that somehow, SOME people think I pull out of my hind end. (including that parent that said it to me one time…that parent was also a teacher…*sigh*) So, what I do, I’m assuming, is look at the piece of art and just come up with a number. If that were the case, I think I’d just give 100s or 0s. It would either be a GO or a NO. THAT would make it easy. My grading system is so difficult at times. There are so many factors that go into grading a piece of art. It’s sooooo subjective. I must take in consideration all of these (VARIABLES): the student’s ability, the student’s attitude, the use of tools, the use of materials, the solution to the problem I’ve presented them, the actual final product. To add to all of those things I must decipher, I also have to remember that my opinion must not be a major factor in the work. Say a child uses tons of blue in their work and blue is my least favorite color…that cannot be a factor in the grade. It’s not like grading a multiple choice paper or worksheet (bad word) with definite answers on them. Some days, it’s MIND BOGGLING! Let me say this, I DO NOT PULL A GRADE OUT OF MY BOOTY OR FROM ANYWHERE ELSE THAT MIGHT BE IMPOSSIBLE OR IMAGINARY. The end.

6. We are not dumb. For real. We had to take all those college courses just as every other teacher did. The classes in our major were just different. I would love to see some of those core teachers try to pass some of the crazy art classes I had to take! It would be about as hilarious as me trying to pass an upper college level math class. No thank you.

7. I just like the number 7 and thought I’d end with it. I didn’t write this to offend, just to defend.

I’m soooooooo excited about the workshop tomorrow. I’m praying for a room full of fun, happy, excited people who are ready to CONNECT and LEARN! OHH BOY!!! MY FAVORITE!!!

TEACHERS, PLEASE WATCH THIS! (ok, EVERYONE watch this!)

All teachers should watch this video.  There are so many points to it that are INSPIRING and they push me to be a better teacher.

After tweeting this out, I had a great awesome friend send this:

  LOVE that Ted talk “you matter”… Not just for teachers!
She is absolutely RIGHT!  This is not just for teachers.  This is for HUMANITY!  We should all let others know that they matter, believe in ourselves that we matter and CONNECT with each other by networking, building a team and solving problems TOGETHER.

I LOVE TO LEARN! (have I said that before?)

This summer I was introduced to a SUMMER LEARNING CHALLENGE which has been put together by Todd Nesloney.  This dude is definitely a LIFE LONG LEARNER and I bet he’s a great principal!

We are in the 8th week challenge.  I’ve enjoyed learning some great stuff!  This week is really cool with the Google drive and docs.  I’m about to do the letter to my future students.  I’m not sure how that is going to go.  We will see.

If you have time and feel like LEARNING, go check out this blog which includes all the challenges thus far.  I do love going back to work in August, but I do love my summer too!  Two great things about teaching!   I will hate to see summer go this year and hate for our challenges on this blog to end, but I KNOW I will find new challenges as the new school year begins.  YAY!  I LOVE TO LEARN!

You can go to twitter and #SummerLS to read all kinds of tweets about what we’ve learned this summer.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW TODAY!

Learning is one of my top favorite things to do.
I’d like to encourage you to LEARN today. LEARN SOMETHING NEW!
Think of something you want to know about, how to do or create. Research it. Look it up. Find someone on Twitter who can help you out. Search blogs. Go to Pinterest OR this new website I got turned on to today:
http://www.instructables.com
There are so many things on this website you can create. I found out about this place through a summer learning series I’m going through.
Here’s the blog that talks all about it:
WE ARE ALL MAKERS!
When I learn something new, it makes me want to learn even more. I know some people think they are done learning–finished. Perhaps they think they know it all. OR they just think they know enough. I sure hope I never get that way! I believe I love teaching so much, because learning is so exciting to me. I want my students to feel the same way!
Try it…
GO LEARN SOMETHING NEW TODAY!

TEACHER APPRECIATION

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You’ve seen the signs:  IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.  BUT a teacher, to me, is so much more than only that person who has taught us to read, write or do that other thing.  (Love to the math teachers too!)

We have so many teachers in our midst.

Those who actually went to school to get a teaching degree fill the first few years of our lives- daily.  I am blessed and honored to be one of those that get to experience high school with so many awesome students.  I truly enjoy doing what I do …for the great, good, bad and ugly attitudes.  One of my former teachers (the first year I got to actually TEACH with him) once said, “How fun would teaching be if all your kids were ‘MODEL STUDENTS’?”  That statement stuck with me, because, for me, just like him, that is so true!  If all of our students were the exact same, this job I love so much, might not be so fun.  I do know some teachers and have worked with many that exasperate themselves to no end, because they want all of their classes to get everything the first time and to all learn the exact same way.  That is a subject for another blog.

TEACHERS are important.  Those who have their degree, though, aren’t the only ones we encounter.  I know, this Teacher Appreciation Week is really designated for those certification carrying ones, but I’m here to acknowledge the OTHER teachers as well…

My dad, who taught me so many things from his positive encouragement and negative ways.  He was my absolute cheerleader, but may things he did in his life that I witnessed made me learn that I definitely did not want to do that.

My mom, who through her sweet spirit, showed me that if you get mad, you don’t have to dwell on it…move on.  I, of course, don’t do that all the time, but for the most part, I try my best to forgive and forget and she was stellar at that!

My grandmothers who were such great friends, but so much UN-alike.  They both showed me so many characteristics from the docile, sweet and quiet to the spunky, cantankerous and onerey.  How they were best of friends still cracks me up.

I learn from my children.  They teach me most of all that GOD puts up with a lot from us.  We are His children just like they are ours.  I want to give them all I can and I know God does the same for us.  I have learned that this truth which is mentioned and praised about in the Bible, is my most favorite truth.  God wants our life to work out for the good.

There are so many who have taught me awesome stuff over the years and some I’m about to list continue to teach me daily AND they teach me more than I can list, but here goes:  (and yes, some are certified teachers)

  • Mrs. Garrison…taught me that not only is ARTING a great career, but being a mentor no matter what you are doing, is the best!
  • Mr. Hanoshack …taught me that teaching should be fun and sometimes crazy –even if your students look at you like you are FOR REAL crazy–it’s worth it, because they will remember something from your display/lecture even if it’s just the fact that you are CRAZY.
  • Mr. Oglesby …taught me that even though student teaching days might be a nightmare, that is NOT the way your teaching career has to be.  THANK GOD!
  • Mrs. Jensen …taught me that teaching is something that is not only a career, but a calling.
  • Coach Chadwick …taught me that being the happiest and most supportive person you can be is above all the best thing you can do in this life.
  • Johnny Coleman …taught me that being  a friend who will do anything for you is what a friend is really supposed to do –no matter what.
  • Reagan Y’barbo …taught me that it’s important to have someone you can go to for every aspect of a woman’s life–a man doesn’t understand EMOTION sometimes!
  • Tammy Whitehurst  …taught me that even tho your younger years might have been crazy insane and sinful, GOD STILL LOVES ME and will never not love me.
  • Danny Essary …taught me that a path based on the Bible is for real the only way AND you can be friends forever no matter how far away you are from each other or how few times you get in touch over the years.

I could list so many others, but for now, I’m going to list ONE MORE who might not think he has taught me anything and probably wishes I would learn MORE of the stuff he thinks I should…

BOBBY LEE CLAWSON has taught me that a person can love another person unconditionally…no matter what they say or do OR what their physical appearance is even when it’s changed numerous times over the years due to things such as exercise, diet and AGE.   In this day and age, there are so many who don’t hang on to relationships (married or otherwise), because they don’t work for it and definitely don’t know what about or can show UNCONDITIONAL love.  If you truly love someone, then no matter what–YOU LOVE THEM.  Again, just like GOD loves us.  We can do horribly despicable things yet, HE STILL LOVES US.  Bobby Lee has taught me that people CAN do this.

“We love because HE first loved us.”  1John 4:19

GOD is the ultimate Teacher.  What a lesson!  Thanks Teacher!

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It’s time to BE MORE AWESOME!

KID PRESIDENT did it again…

ENJOY!

Somebody’s learning from YOU.

Keep learning!

Such an inspiring PEP TALK!

You have been pep talked!

 

 

Keep on the Sunny Side

It’s funny that this song is on OH BROTHER, Where Art Thou.  Funny movie.  Great song.

Here are the lyrics:

There’s a dark & a troubled side of life
There’s a bright, there’s a sunny side, too
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev’ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho’ the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

I am encouraged by this sweet little song today.  Not trying to say I had a bad day at all.  In fact, today was a great day…A VERY SUNNY SIDE kind of day.  I was blessed to be able to go with a group of kids–a big group of our students–who sang Christmas carols  at a local nursing home.  They stepped up and shook hands, hugged and talked to the residents.  They sang and smiled and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.  I was so proud to see them do this.  It reminded me of the reason I teach.  It’s not so I can take trips or get students out of class …it’s to teach children more than just the curriculum.  It’s to help students learn that putting others first is the most important thing to do in this life besides asking Jesus into your heart.

Today, keeping on the sunny side was definitely easy.

If we do what this song simply says…it will be easy to help others keep on that side too!

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ABOVE AND BEYOND!

 

It’s important to think out of the box and move forward or as this video says: ABOVE AND BEYOND!

 

There’s so many ways we can do this.  I’m not just talking about inventing some new way of travel (although the time travel thing seems super nerdy and “treky”, but super cool no matter what) or an invention to revolutionize some normal every day thing like communication (that has really already been done, ya know?), but I’m talking about ANYTHING..we have to keep learning and wanting to reach out and grab new ideas.  Try new things, help others see your vision and keep moving up!   How can you go ABOVE AND BEYOND?

GO LEARN SOMETHING!

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I talk about a lot of things here at AwesomeClawson.  Several are reoccurring such as the topic today.

LEARNING.

It is so important that you never stop learning.  Do not ever get to the point where you can’t learn or you THINK you know it all.  At that point, you are stagnant, dull and to tell ya the absolute truth, quite annoying.  We’ve all been around the type that you can tell nothing to. They know it already, right?  (RIGHT!?)  If you are one of these, please stop.  IMMEDIATELY.

ON LEARNING…

I believe to keep yourself young, you must continue to learn.  To keep yourself moving, you must keep learning.  To make yourself even more of a beautiful human being, you must CONTINUOUSLY LEARN.

As a teacher, if I were totally against learning then I’D BE DEFEATING MY OWN PURPOSE!

Learning.

It can take place just about anywhere.  To learn something new is like a gift to me.  Like, HAPPY LEARNING to me!

Today I learned…

that I can STILL learn new techniques and ways of doing things like collage, clay and shading.  Everyone has their own way of doing things and sometimes to observe this, helps US become renewed and revived!  At times it just reminds us of something we wanted to do or did at one time.  Other times, we discover we like the way we did it instead of this new way, but still, it’s cool to see the NEW WAY.  The best times are when there is that AHH HAAA moment when you go, “Oh wow, that is cool!”  THAT IS LEARNING! ((LOVE IT!))

I get so excited about learning new things and I believe that is why I love teaching—I love watching my students do the “OH WOW…” moment.  It’s more than rewarding—it’s why I do what I do.

GO LEARN SOMETHING.

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