Art Teacher Tuesday, Nov 28 2006 

So, I am a part-time art teacher, and I am attempting to become a memborable one at that.  I’ve been thinking about what makes teachers excellent, and what makes children respond to them.  So, one of the things I have realized is that teachers have to be willing to put themselves on display, and be willing to look pretty silly actually.  I decided that I want to make an under the sea theme in my room for the school carnival this year, so I have been thinking of every topic that I can related to that.  I was thinking of buying some women’s pirate boots and a pirate flag and dressing up on the first day of the lesson plan.  So, anyways, I think the youngest kids will make the fish and animals that are under the sea, and as each grade goes up I want to make the lesson more difficult and a different aspect of the scene.  I need a few suggestions for books that I could read to each grade level to go along with the theme.  Do you know any good books about pirates or under the sea that aren’t too scary for little ones?

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How do you feel about this? Sunday, Nov 19 2006 

I wrote this post a while back and accidentally saved it instead of publishing it…here it is 🙂

Have you heard of these baby einstein books and dvds? I have mixed feelings about them. On one hand I met this incredibly smart little girl, and she is always referring to things that she learned about on those vidoes, so I guess that’s cool. But, I also read that it’s not good for babies (it can stunt their minds growth) under the age of 2 to even watch tv, so it kills me that there are tv shows aimed at infants. Anyways, the reason I was thinking about it was because I was just looking around trying to decide what to buy for a baby shower. I think I decided on winnie the pooh crib bedding. No baby einstein buying for me, until I decide how I feel about it!

book sale Thursday, Nov 9 2006 

Today I got to go to my local library’s used book sale, and for $30 I got a load of good books!  I got a couple of children’s books to read to some of my art classes, one new one that I like called Art Dog, Froggie Learns to Swim, and Dinostory.  I have a few lesson plan ideas to go along with these books, so I’m thankful to find them for cheap! Of course I also took the chance to pick up an Andrea Bocelli cd that was cheap, and I’m currently enjoying it now 🙂  Merry Christmas to me!  Oh yeah, and thanks to that book I mentioned last time, I bought a gold eagle coin.  So, we’ll see how this collection comes along.