A Beginning Art Teacher's Blog

October 21, 2009

middle schoolers rock ;-)

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hcoggin @ 1:30 am

I observed this past Friday and again today at the magnet middle school. It was a lot of fun and I feel like I am learning a lot about the kind of teacher I would like to become. There are two sixth grade classes, and each class is working on a different craft project. Third bell is working on basket weaving, and the end results are turning out really nicely. The eighth bell class is weaving mini bags using cardboard. I have taken two semesters of fibers, and am a proud new owner of a table loom, however weaving on cardboard was new to me. I was able to weave a bag with the students which was really neat. Since the boys in the class did not want to make “man purses”, the art teacher told them it was an ipod holder! This seemed to work, and appeased all involved in weaving. 🙂

One of the seventh graders told me I was their favorite non-teacher. Which, I will admit, a bit of a self-esteem booster for me within the classroom. It also reminded me that even though all I’m doing is walking around the room and talking to students about their artwork, I am still a role model and the middle schoolers are watching me. A bit cool, a little scary, and I am still not used to being called Ms. Coggin! It feels really weird, and makes me feel really old (I finally understand why so many older people I knew when I was younger insisted on being called by their first name … they wanted to feel young again!)

I will be helping teach a lesson on Friday, my last day of practicum observations. I must admit 45 hours really isn’t that long to be required to observe. If one does a whole day in the classroom, it goes by really fast. I will already miss many of the students at the magnet school when my time is up on Friday. They are an amazing group of kids and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to talk with and learn from them. Anyway, I get to makeup the lesson plan and have to make a teaching example for Friday, so I will post images of both my teaching example and my weaving venture.

October 5, 2009

Second Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hcoggin @ 11:05 pm

The second day of observation went really well. All of the kids at the magnet school are amazing! 🙂 I enjoyed spending the whole day there. The students were all working on finishing the same projects, so nothing too new was going on. It was nice to be in school, and I enjoyed experiencing another day of public middle school. Even though magnet middle school isn’t the exact image of most middle schools, one step at a time! The students all really love their art teacher, and the 8th grade girls were a lot of fun to talk to while they worked on their projects … a more exciting blog to come …

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