Artist Student teacher

I am embarking on a new adventure (going back to school to someday become an art teacher). This is my second semester, but studying part-time seems to be occupying me full time. I have to find time in my head for a job (ie, to pay the bills).

There is so much available online that its mind boggling, I really don’t know where to begin.

I am starting an internship at an elementary school and looking for inspiration for lesson plans. Needless to say, there is so so much available out there. I wonder if teachers actually write their own original lesson plans or if everything is recycled.

I am looking for ideas and somewhat wanting to go in the direction of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

In reflection I should start with baby steps and use lesson plans that already exists, as they have been tried before, then I can alter them. I am trying to do too much too early and looking for that wow art project for the kids. But I should just be gentle with myself and start slow. Get to know the kids, see what they can do, what works and what doesn’t. Besides, I have the teacher to collaborate with so I will be able to get her insightful feedback.

Best thing to do is collect references I have found so far online.

Here is my list, that hopefully will give me a head start:

Art/Teaching/Learning blogs

  • http://adelphiarted.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html
  • http://snippetygibbet.blogspot.com/2008/11/reggio-emilia-lesson.html
  • http://www.whiteoakschool.com/

Association of Teaching Artists (in New York State) Hopefully will find one in Canada ?

  • http://teachingartists.com/

Lesson Plans

  • http://www.lessonplanspage.com/Art23.htm
  • http://www.theteachersguide.com/Artlessonplans.html
  • http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/arts/35/
  • http://www.arttoremember.com/Content/Art-Lesson-Plans.aspx
  • http://www.lessonplanet.com/directory/art_and_music/visual_art
  • http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/71201.aspx
  • http://www.kinderart.com/across/
  • http://www.kinderart.com/multic/index.html (multicultural)
  • http://www.kinderart.com/multic/norval.shtml (Objiway artist Norval Morrisseau)

ART ARTICLES

  • http://www.kinderart.com/across/index_artsmart.shtml

Arts & Activities magazine

  • http://artsandactivities.com/aadigital.html

Student publishing

  • http://www.studentreasures.com/index.html

Resources for Teachers

  • http://www.internet4classrooms.com/teachertools3.htm#lesson
  • http://www.lessonplanet.com/ (free for 10 days)

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