This page is under constant revision. I simply don’t know how to answer the question of “Why this blog?”. I am new to this job. New to teaching small children (Kindergarten???!!! Me?). And new to teaching art. Before, I was a hobbiest, a piddler. I have a ton of art supplies, but I didn’t really use them. I collected them. Then I’d spend a good amount of time bashing myself for not taking time to be creative on my Sunday afternoons. “Oh, I will get to that project…someday.”
Now that I am teaching art, I am learning all about art. There are days I literally learn how to do something right before the kids come in. You may say this is completely unacceptable, I should be an expert at something before I teach it. Ha! Sorry, but I can honestly say I am good at what I do precisely because I am not an expert. I am nervous, apprehensive, and full of questions. I think experts get to the point where they take this stage for granted. Some of my kids come into my room with reckless abandon, but many of them come in afraid they are going to make a mistake. We learn how to shake this off. No worries, kids, we’ve got lots of paper, lots of time, so we’re going to be alright. I will not lead you into something you cannot do. We’ve got this. Phew!
I think I made this blog to help guide me through my own journey. It’s a resume of sorts, but its also a way to force myself to try new things. There are lessons for my grade levels, but there is also an area dedicated to me. I LOVE my job. I feel blessed to work with small children because they teach me so much. I wish I could draw and create like them. Pablo Picasso was right: “It took me four years to paint like Rafael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” They give me back so much more than I give them.
I hope you enjoy the blog and chime in once in a while on how your journey is shaping up. Let’s learn on.