One of the more challenging transitions from teaching artist to art teacher (so far) has been assessment. As a teaching artist I had understanding goals for my students, and I evaluated how we did at the end of each residency. I’m trying to make that same model work for my students now, but there’s something about the “Is this for a grade?” question that feels like they’re losing sight of what’s important. I’m trying to get my students to contribute to the rubric we’ll be using for our critiques, and I’m hoping that we can make that work.

I always eat my lunch at my desk, but sometimes kids ask me about Alan Watts while I do it.

Where did the weekend go? #teacherlife

Just when I started getting all my kids’ names right… schedule changes! 

Tonight I talked to teachers about teaching, and they shared some candid accounts of their first year in the classroom.