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GAEA Presentation!

Hello fellow art teachers!

So this past week I got some really exciting news! This fall at the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) conference being held in Savannah, Georgia, I will be presenting a session with my good friend Mollie from 'Art with Ms. K'!
We will be presenting a session which we've entitled:

The Art of Blogging: Surviving the First Year Through Social Media and Technology

For those of you attending the GAEA conference, we will be presenting Friday, October 11, 2013 at 3:30pm-4:30pm in room 105 at the International Trade and Conference Center.

The presentation will focus on our mutual experience of using technology (especially blogging, pinterest, and instagram) to successfully complete and exceed during our first year teaching elementary art.

We are both incredibly excited to be presenting and are looking forward to sharing our knowledge in the subject and getting more involved in our state chapter.

Hope to see some of you there! :)

New School Year Planning!

So this past week or so I've been planning out which lessons I'm going to be teaching to my students this upcoming year.. and may I say -WOW. This process is infinitely easier being a second year teacher!!!! I don't think I can emphasize that point enough! At this point I know what I want to teach, I know what I can expect from my specific students, and I know how long it will take to complete the projects.
My instagram'ed photo or my lesson planning process. :)
My strategy for planning my upcoming school year consisted of printing out sample pictures of all the projects I taught last year (which fortunately I had plenty of because I photographed and blogged about virtually all my lessons) along with printing out images that I pinned on Pinterest that I knew I'd like to teach.
Next I made folders for each grade level (K-5), and went through all my image clippings and placed them into a pile on top of the grade level I knew I wanted to teach it to.
Afterwards I went grade by grade and arranged the order of how I wanted to teach the projects (and also weeded out a few I decided not to do again). I kept in mind that I needed to do simpler projects earlier in the year to help introduce students to techniques and mediums, kept in mind how long each project would take (I see my students for 1 straight week and then get a new class the next week.. so I plan for 5 day lessons), and I also wanted to keep similar themes together.
Once I laid out the images into my preferred order, I created a chart in Microsoft Word to help me organize myself even better. I wrote down the week number that I was going to teach a particular project in, the project name, concepts taught, materials needed, connections to the core curriculum or themes, and finally additional resources I would be using (like books).

A screenshot from part of my Kindergarten table.

Last year I struggled so much just trying to figure out what to do with my kids.. and it wasn't because I lacked ideas.. I was just very indecisive. So that fact that I already have my projects lined up for the entire year for all my grade levels is providing me with an insane amount of relief. :)

Ahhh I can't wait for the school year to begin!!

202 Repins! :)

To believe it was just a month ago that I was posting about my 100th repin on this... and now I'm at 202 repins!!
Again.. it's the little things in life. :)
Hope you are all enjoying your summer break! We go back before the end of July..  not too much longer for me.. so I'm enjoying every last second of it now!
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