We also started working in our Sketchbooks this week, planning out our name designs before applying them to portfolios. We went through the basics of Schoology, how to check grades, and other intricacies that will help students keep on top of the fast-moving art making environment that is the art classroom.
Although I am sad that I will no longer see the amazing students I had from first semester, I am super excited about all of the learning that is going to happen this semester with this new group!
On a Side Note...
First, I have been awarded the 2015 National Art Education Association Western Region Middle Level Art Educator of the Year. I was up against teachers from various states (like illinois, Ohio, Arkansas, etc.) and will get a chance to celebrate the recognition at a ceremony during the National Art Education Association Conference in March. I am also presenting at this conference, so I am very excited to share the success of my students with others during this professional development.
In addition to that, I also found out this week that this classroom blog received recognition in the Art of Education Art Education Blogs of the Year. This was nominated and voted on by other Art teachers from across the country and world. I am very flattered for the recognition and happy that others find the posts I write and the work my students make useful for their own classrooms.