1. I am now teaching almost the entire school! Yup that is right! 435 7th graders, 487 8th graders and about 80 6th graders make up my class load this year. Now normally I teacher semester classes on an every other day schedule which comes out to about 46 days of class time. But this year I am teaching quarter classes every other day which comes out to 23 days of class time! I am not sure how much I am can get done with these kids during that time but I am going to try.
2. My brandy new ceramics kiln! If you have read my pervious posts you will already know how excited I am to have this new and awesome piece of equipment ion the art room this year! I have already ran it twice -- once to set the kiln wash on the shelves and another to create test tiles of glazes that I already have in stock! Some of these colors are amazing and I just want to buy more!
3. As if last night (I made this decision while washing the dishes) I want to plan and host an art show either this April or May. Not sure which month and I am not sure how this will go since this will be my first art show in the five years I have been teaching.
4. My Dell LCD projector is broken! Now this is not a good excited but rather a OMG now what am I going to do?! But I have to say so far it in has worked out exteremly well. When I was student teaching I never used the projector or the Elmo document camera mainly because the schools I was in didn't have them. But since I started teaching I have become so reliant on the technology that I have forgotten how to teach without it. These past two weeks has helped me see that I am just as good of a teacher without it as I am with it.