School's already started back? WHAAAT!? Seems like it's earlier every year. Anyway, here's a little update on me.
Our school is pretty severely overcrowded at this point, and I'm still in a mobile Art situation. At the end of the year last year, I was asked if I would prefer to move to the former concession stand near the gym and the music room, and I jumped at the chance. My previous office was small and had carpet. This one is twice the size, has linoleum flooring, lots of countertops and cabinets, and best of all, a sink! So it's much more conducive to arty-ness, even though it's still not the same as having an actual classroom. This location is pretty ideal for me, being near the gym and the stage for theatre things, and near the music room for collaborating with my Fine Arts buddies.
There are moments when I still feel overwhelmed, but I do feel like I'm better equipped this year to make the program work. And yes, that is the TARDIS on my office door. At first, I did that for me, just to add a little personality to the space, but then I decided to make it relevant and cuter by adding "Imagination makes you bigger on the inside," above the door. Already had some compliments on that!
This year we are on an 8 day color rotation. And since the specials teachers almost all have an additional part time teacher, that makes the planning piece very complicated. It's going to be pretty near impossible to coordinate on a lesson that keeps pace and is consistent across a grade level. So my co-teacher and I have decided to have her teach her own self contained lessons, focusing primarily on art criticism, since that's what I tend to leave out due to time constraints. I will let you all know how that turns out!
But for now, HAPPY SCHOOL YEAR!