A Beginning Art Teacher's Blog

November 2, 2009

Last day …

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hcoggin @ 8:22 pm

My last day of observations went well. I ended up not teaching a lesson, but I had prepared a lesson and teacher example … so I have one for the future. The students were finishing up the same projects they have been working on, and since the seventh graders were broken in to groups to go on a field trip every day of the week, Friday was not a good day to start a lesson plan. About half the seventh grade art class was gone on that Friday to go canoeing. It was a quiet day and not too much went on.

The most interesting experience for me was the  lock-down drill. I had never experienced such a drill while in middle or high school, and it was new to me. The principal came on over the loud speaker and said we would now have  a lock-down drill. Then the art teacher lock and closed the door, turned out the lights, and everyone in the classroom, teacher and students (and me!) had to go to the back corner of the room and sit in complete silence for about five or ten minutes. It was kind of creepy, and it is amazing how hard it is to sit in silence for that long! The art teacher I was observing told me they have this drill quite frequently in case someone ever comes in the school, like a school shooting or something. It is good that schools are trying to prepare for these horrible events, but it was definitely scary … however the craziest part about it was that the middle schoolers acted like it was no big deal, just another day of school. So sad!

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