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I wish I were MY OWN student!


Tomorrow starts another week in my super fun ART CLASS.

I love creating.

I love seeing what my students come up with when I give them an assignment.
Our assignment right now is varied. I gave all my classes 5 different pieces to choose from. They actually get to choose which one to do. They vary in subjects (some are broad, some are specific) and in media (acrylic, watercolor, pencil to mixed media).

I would LOVE to have this assignment.

You, as a student, get to choose then interpret the assignment how you see fit. It’s almost like total creative freedom. They do have to use a certain size to do their work. The other variables are broad enough that they can get kind of crazy or specific enough that they can think less when it comes to subject if they are typically slow at finding what they want to create.

Again, I would LOVE this project.

My favorite class in college was a design class where we had to basically take a “problem” in design and create an artwork to satisfy the problem. The problem to me was a challenge and I always loved to figure out what I would create. I wish more of my students looked at our projects like that.

A lot of times, our projects are specific–they use a specific media and study a specific element or principle of art, but this assignment we are doing now–it could just about go anywhere. Even if all the students chose the exact same project out of the 5 choices I’m giving them, every artwork could (and of course should) be totally different. To me, that is EXCITING!

To some of my students, they will just do whatever they can to just get a grade. Some students will try their best and give up half way through. Some will follow through, but still be unhappy with what they ended up with. A few students look at the project like I do and when they have completed, other students will marvel at their product and wish they had thought that way. If ALL students would just look at the project with an excitement and view it as a challenge, their work would end up so much differently. (THAT’S LIFE!) All have different abilities when it comes to creating and designing, but if their attitude started out like that—their art would ALL be amazing. I know, I know, beauty is still in the eye of the beholder, all critics’ opinions are different and art is so subjective, BUT attitude is the first part of anyone’s project—and in my class, IT’S THE FIRST PART OF YOUR GRADE!

I can’t wait to see what our artwork looks like this week–IT’S SO EXCITING! I wish I were my own student–I WOULD SO ROCK THIS PROJECT AND GET AN AWWWWWWWESOME GRADE!



It’s actually “THE HOLIDAYS” and I must admit, it came really fast this year.  It seems like just a bit ago that we started the school year.  Thanksgiving has already come and gone!  PHEW!  That was fast!  They say times gets faster as you get OLDER.  *boo*  I say, it’s more like that other saying: “TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN!”   I sure do have fun…  That has GOT to be the reason time is going by faster.  The ONLY reason.  ha!  I do have fun. 

I have fun with my family–almost no matter what we do.  Unless it’s grocery shopping –gag. 

I have fun teaching.  I have fun LEARNING. 

I have fun hanging out with my co-workers, with my friends who happen to be SOME of my co-workers. 

I have super fun with my bestie. 

I have super fun reading stuff–social stuff (if it’s not DRAMA), twitter tweets, blogs, books, etc. 

I have fun brushing my teeth!  Oh, what joy it gives me! 

I just love to have fun.  So, time does fly, because I like FUN.  Fun makes the time zoom by.  

I know you may be thinking that you don’t want time to go by so fast, but let me tell you in bold print–YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THE TIME!  So, why spend your time NOT having fun?  and I’m not talking about crazy evil fun–I’m talking about just looking at life and enjoying it.   If there is something in your life you do (such as your job) that you don’t ENJOY, perhaps you need a different path or at the very least change your outlook.   There’s gotta be something about it that is enjoyable.  FIND that something!  (And stop making your face look like a wrinkled up prune!)

So, let’s circle back around–It’s the “Holidays.”  I know it seems like it came up quick this year, but no matter what time of year it is, LET’S HAVE FUN!  ZOOOOOOOOOOM ZOOOOOOOOOM!


So, I’m about to go on an adventure tomorrow–the TEXAS ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION State Conference.  I can’t wait to pour new information into my head!  I love to learn.  I think I’ve said this before.

I’m so excited about learning new stuff that I might not be able to go to sleep for a while.  I know that may sound dumb to you, but I do get so wound up about the opportunities to put more wrinkles in this ole brain. 

I learned new stuff today thanks to my boss who likes to help us teachers by providing tools for our classroom.  He showed me an app today that will help me share all the pictures I take at this conference I’m going to.  So cool! 

Click on the picture above and go check out the TAEA website.  There is so much art on the site that is all STUDENT CREATED.  Creativity at its best!  

More to come on ART INFO!

SKYPE and Oh boy my favorite: LEARNING!

I SKYPE ‘d with an art teacher from Canada this morning. What a neat, cool, fun NEW (I know, it’s been around a while, but new for me) way to learn and connect.

We are going to get our classes together and we will have the opportunity to compare cultures along with art, artists, projects and products. It’s so super exciting!

Teaching is so much fun and I’m blessed to be able to do it for a living, but even FUNNER (I know, it’s “more fun”) than teaching is LEARNING! I love love LOVE learning new things.

Collaborating with others is so important, because other people can show you something new all the time. If you don’t think you have something to offer anyone else, JUST TRY IT! I promise, you start sharing (and remember, “sharing is caring”) and swapping info and more SOONER than later you will have LEARNED SOMETHING NEW!!!

Maybe you are one of those people that says: “I don’t want to learn anything new, I am too *PUT YOUR EXCUSE HERE* to learn anything new.” Well, hmmm…

I’m sorry.




Become Your Own Favorite Teacher!

You know your favorite teacher was the one who cared about you. 

They wanted you to succeed. 

They helped you, they pushed you, and they made learning easy for you.  

Students come with so many different things to your classroom BESIDES physical items. 

What do your students bring with them to your classroom?

  • Personalities:

Try out this test to help show YOUR personality strengths and weaknesses:

They bring different personalities, but you still have to work with them.  You STILL need to love them.  It’s important to be a positive influence on them all the time.  And it’s important to utilize each students’ strengths to help with other students’ weaknesses.  This is especially important in teams.   But classes can pull together like teams. Collaboration is important.  Working together is important. Using students to help students is such an important tool.

  •  Learning styles:     

Take this learning style test:

Do you think about all those different styles when you are preparing for a lesson? We all should. We should want to reach all of our kids. Do not teach to your class, teach to the students.  Cover them all.  Pull for each individual. 

  •  Baggage:

What happened in their last class?  Did they have a bowl of happy flakes this morning or a big pile of grumpy lumps. Do they feel secure, safe, LOVED?  They may feel insecure about what they are wearing that day. They may just need a sanctuary–school may be that for them. Even the kids who look like they have it all together, their parents give them all they need and/or the smart ones that you may think do not need much attention need you to help them and work with them. All students want you to help them.

Paying attention to learning styles, using personality strengths, and keeping in mind that your class is NOT the only thing our students have going on in their life, WILL HELP US ALL


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