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p.e.r.s.o.n.a.l. d.a.y.

About two months ago a colleague of mine asked me how many personal days I had left and gasped when I told her I had yet to use one…

Life has just been too hectic this year to be gone…Any first year teachers feel me on that? Don’t get me wrong- I’ve missed for sick days- but it’s really more work to be away..Not to mention I’ll be missing for FRRO nex week too (visa renewal). But I believe the course of this year has definitely given me every reason to request to use these personal days while I can.

Dax and I have tomorrow off (quite likely his second? personal day off in his 6 years at ASB) and I can’t even fully express how much I am already appreciating that, sitting here as my eyes are drooping and my body is aching. We have been going non-stop for as long as I can remember- my awful cough the last 5 weeks has not helped the slightest. This week my new schedule of running up and down flights of stairs to 2nd,3rd,4th,and5th grade classrooms (located on 4 different floors at ASB) while carrying everything I need to teach for the day is taking a toll on my post-crazy-art-room-packing body. My back pack broke yesterday and I am getting used to moving from chair to chair as meetings arrise, classes invade spaces, and HS students chatter beside me. I am as drained as I can be.. and an extra day of rest is just what the doctor is ordering right now.

As much as I could envision myself simply sleeping the day away we do have a number of things to attend to… An appointment for fabric shopping at a linen market for the guys’ outfits with Dax’s parents, picking up beading samples from Dax’s tailor for mine to apply the same materials to my dress, ring shopping, honeymoon planning, detail arranging, and actually now a doctor’s visit will all happen throughout the course of the next 24 hours.  We’re looking forward to it!

And then.. We’ll go to sleep, and wake up to a Saturday… what a good good feeling (if I momentarily forget about the 240 personal narratives I need to write by next Friday).

Personal day… you couldn’t have come at a better time…

ps. I can hardly contain my excitement at the thought of going home to Iowa in just a few weeks!


Updates from the Art Room…

What a busy year it’s been in the art room. We showcased our student talent during the annual Elementary Art Exhibition two weeks ago and had great attendance and support particularly from parents and peers. The show displayed one masterpiece from every student in KG-Gr 5 at ASB (over 300 individually hung and labled pieces!) It was my first time setting up a student exhibition…aside from the routine bulletin boards and individual project displays in schools…

It was a lot of work, but so rewarding to see the students walk their parents through the display with pride and explain their artwork to their friends and siblings.   Already brainstorming plans for contiuining the exhibition in our new facility next year.

As we began taking down the artwork from the exhibition to send home with the kids, we recieved notice from the leadership team at ASB that in order to complete renovation and construction plans on our current facility, we would need to physically move out of and close 30% of our current educational space.  Which includes 50% of the ES floor- which includes the art room.  So Friday, Jayshree Deepa and I sent our classes out to their homerooms for lessons or time with their teachers, and used the day to begin the exhausting task of packing the art supplies.


We packed up 52 boxes…working nonstop from arrival at school until my after school screen printing kids showed up at 3.. We’ve planned ahead and set aside the supplies needed to finish the year in baskets that will be stored in classrooms for the last 5 weeks of school.  Add it to my list of “things I never imagined doing in my first year teaching” 🙂 No surprise I slept 12 hours last night…
Blessing to this frantic packing madness: we won’t have to worry about packing it all the last week of school…

More life, family, wedding updates to come with time… but a peek into work for now… no matter what comes my way though:

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Valentine’s Day…

Dax and I enjoyed our first Valentine’s day cooking an assortment of grilled meats and produce on his Raclette (google it, nifty contraption!)… It’s definitely an experience style of eating, we had many laughs… many smiles.. and a nice relaxing night in…

Also.. I just have to share a few Valentine’s my students gave me during the day. Grade 3 is working on Jim Dine’s pop art hearts and as a warm up we made Valentine cards… Several students surprised me by making some for me! Here are just a few… great moments for a teacher…

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It’s a new day, it’s a new year

The last twopointfive weeks back in Mumbai have involved a fair amount of readjusting from “holiday” life… It feels almost as though we’ve been back at it months.. but luckily that’s not the case and there is still time to keep incorporating new ideas and improvements to my art room that I’ve thought of through reflection, read up on through other phenominal educators, or even been so lucky to discuss with colleagues.. I’ve been busy socially, professionally, physically, mentally, emotionally…. But mostly feeling good stress and inspiration… For now… here is my near future to do list in the coming months:

-Prepare my presentation for the upcoming ASB UnPlugged Conference
Enter Polish up my online curriculum so I can really take advantage of the reflective tool that it is
-Take more photos with Copernicus. In and out of class…
-Keep regularly attending fitness classes at a local gym in bandra (Just got home from 2 solid hours of Body Pump and Body Balance classes… my body is ready for beeeeeed)
-Start planning for the spring art show
-Attempt a few more Rosetta Stone Hindi Lessons
-Get my kiddos voicethreads embeded in their classroom e-portfolios
-Help figure out/get on board with the upcoming fifth grade exhibition unit
-Start an elementary ed art blog
-Paint with my new Koi watercolors every single day

Koi Travel Watercolor Set- Christmas gift from my

Enter X Factor

Today I met four of my 12 classes of students… The day flew by (elementary schedule runs along so quickly after being accustomed to 80 minute blocks!).  I think to sum up in brief what happened today, refer to the following two pictures. The first I took Wednesday right before I went home at the end of the day, the second was taken today. I showed these pictures to the kids and asked what made art possible in the second picture that wasn’t present in the first… Responses? The X Factor, Magic, Pencils on the tables… I spent today introducing myself, and talking to my kids about what it means to think, act, and create like an artist before letting them loose on their first project… what it takes to turn a piece of art into a masterpiece. I wish I could have all day with every group of kids to better and more quickly learn names and stories, but they will come in time… in two, 50ish minute chunks of time every 6 days. And we’re off 🙂

First. FIRST Day of School

Tomorrow, Miss Martens finally gets this show on the road with the rest of the staff at ASB. The past week has been a roller coaster of hectic chaos, calm confidence, and preparations rolled into a snowball of feelings.  It’s now two hours later than I wanted to be going to bed. Two hours ago I was fighting nerves, but now I’m so giddy I can hardly sleep. It’s not every day a teacher gets her first first day of school. In fact… it only happens once….

Miss Martens, Miss Jayshree, and Miss Deepa: Elementary Art Team

Enter to Learn and to Serve

Today we had our first full faculty meeting at ASB. There was a lovely Indian style welcome ceremony for the new teachers (30% of ASBs faculty are new this year!) followed by intentional time together across all divisions building community and talking about our goals for the coming year. Finally got into my classroom afterwards too-note photo below, i’ll be sure to post an after pic once the dust settles-… Due to my fractured radius I’m not allowed to lift much (some of you-especially my principal Joe-are teasing me about wearing a sling to avoid work but actually it’s really frustrating to not be able to fully unload and investigate all of the items in the art room myself). My schedule is daunting… and the space issue is much more a problem than I realized… but hey… in one week we’ll have kids filling our spaces to the brim.. and that’s when th
e magic happens.