Anyhow, I have a website that I have been keeping up with since I started teaching here and I will add things every now and then. I haven't done too much to grow this website as I just add little tidbits about projects or inspiration. Its a great place to look back on what we have done.
Surprisingly, I get A LOT of page views each month over there, like 75K visitors a year. That seems like a lot.
Well, now I am going to try and pay more attention to it and compile a lot of what I have done into a photo book with resources for other art teachers. When I was going through my teacher training, I sometimes felt that there was such a disconnect between theory and practice. The reality of a working school vs. the idealized school in the mind of many pre-service teachers can be a shock.
I think it would have been great to see a real classroom beforehand so that is my goal with this book. A reflection for me and a help for others.
As a teacher, I have certainly changed and grown over the years and my personal teaching philosophy is still changing and progressing. I feel as though I have hit a nice groove here at Holton and I'm excited to see what comes next.
I have started to think about how to categorize and organize the past five years of photos, projects and activities. I teach units according to material. At the elementary level, this has been a necessity for the flow of the day and the space in this room.
So, the book will most likely be organized into these sections with chapters for special projects and other info about management, room setup and whatever else I think could be cool to include.
I'm excited to see all of it in one place and to make it available to folks out there. Then, traffic from my old site will be directed over here and I can say goodbye to that website friend.