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!
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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
In the midst of surviving (and some moments I’d venture to claim thriving) in my first year of teaching… I put together this slideshow of the year’s explorations and adventures in Art to show at an elementary assembly at school to publicize the upcoming art exhibition we’ll be having at ASB in April. It’s a good reminder of everything that went well this year-as I’m really in the process of reflecting how to improve and change for the next go around with some of these projects and units. It’s been a darn good year 🙂
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Tagged art, ASB, blessings, busy, creativity, elementary school, india, teaching
Screenprinting has sort of become “my thing” over the last 3-4 years. I studied printmaking in college, and enjoyed this particular process… but what I love more than creating is sharing it with students… Screenprinting took me back to South America for a summer of teaching workshops to students who were just learning to walk, learning to be teachers at university, or learning how to enjoy retirement…In my last year at UNI I was invited to teach workshops in area schools, taught my cousin’s 4H group, and helped area youth creat screenprinted Tibetan inspired prayer flags for the arrival of the Dalai Lama to our campus in the spring of 2010.
Now, I’ve found a way to bring “my thing” to India as well. I have been teaching an after school activity for the elementary kiddos at ASB for the past two months and as deeply as I sighed when I committed my Friday afternoons to an extra hour of teaching, I must say I am loving this group and wanted to share some highlights from last week’s session. The kids have learned about hte process of creating a design then making a screen with that design. They have made solo prints, collage prints-using each others’ designs as well, and (their favorite part) screenprinted their very own t-shirt. I love watching them work together and “discover” new ideas (ie: printing on a new area of a shirt, turning a design, changing colors etc..)
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Tagged art, ASB, creativity, elementary school, fun, india, passion, screenprinting, traveling
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
-Plan an Iowa summer wedding! (SINCE DAX’S PARENTS GOT THEIR VISA REQUEST APPROVED TODAY!)
-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 parents...love.
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It seems like just yesterday I was emailing out to tell you what a great year 2010 was and how I’m adjusting back to life in Iowa and looking forward to what 2011 is going to bring. Apparently.. 2011 doesn’t want to be outdone by 2010.. so it’s starting off strong with exciting news.
I am very honored to tell you that 8 hours ago, I was offered a job to teach grades 3-5 art at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India…AND I ACCEPTED! (without hesitation!)
It has been quite the ride the past month, actually it was exactly one month ago today that I first interviewed with the Elementary Principal, Joe Atherton… Incredible to see the divine intervention at play in such a grand way… I feel so blessed for this upcoming opportunity at one of the best international schools I could imagine in a new and beautiful culture and country.
I’ll still be attending the fair, to follow up with a few schools I had interviewed with/talked to, as well as to sign my contract!
More details to come… Thank you so much for your prayers and support, they are felt sooo much especially today, as I believe I am the happiest girl in the world at this exact moment.
What a year it’s been indeed…. 🙂
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