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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.

home stretch


Two weeks left in school. All i want is to be done. I have so many projects i would rather be doing that i don’t have time for right now.  If you don’t know, i’m graduating in art education.  I’m student teaching right now and i have mixed feelings.  I could see this teaching thing really working out but honestly, right now i don’t enjoy being here.  I love art so much but i’m struggling getting these kids to see it the way i do.  It’s really easy for me to get down on the experience when middle schoolers act like, well, middle schoolers.  I can’t blame them, i felt the same way. I didn’t want to be in school when i was 13.  What gets me the most is when they are ugly to each other.  If they would quit picking on each other and focus long enough to see how fun it is to be creative we might get somewhere.  I know that i’m a new teacher and i should give myself some time to figure this thing out, but i get so much energy from working on my other projects it makes me wonder why i spend so much time in a seemingly unhealthy environment.  I graduated from middle school, why am i back?  The other thing i have to realize is that things will change when i have my own classroom, right now i’m a guest and even though i’m trying to set the mood and create a comfortable environment it’s not my room.

So much to learn.

2 Responses to “home stretch”

  • Heather Says:

    Michael – Know what you mean about Middle School. I am teaching MS for the first time this year (taught HIgh School for 4 years before). If you remember that they are going through hell right now – emotionally, hormonally, physically – and do your best to empathize it makes it not so bad. If you can remain excited about art then your excitement will rub off on some of them. My friend who has taught MS for 15 years says that you must always keep that one kid in mind as you plan your lessons and present the projects. That one kid who gets it, loves the class, works hard to do their very best. You are teaching for that one kid. Mine is Donte in 8th grade, Dannah in 7th grade, and Abigail in 6th grade. I teach for them and everyone else gets to benefit from what I want to teach those three kids. I hope you give teaching a try. The first year is the worst and best year of your life. If you begin with the thought that you will try it for at least 3 years you may just find out that you love it. If not, there are a lot of companies out there that want to hire former teachers. Best of luck. I am interested in this Island project you have gotten yourself into. I will be following along on twitter!

  • michael Says:

    Thanks, Heather.
    I hear you about those few jewels in the class. I have 3 more days and oddly enough there are parts of it I’m going to miss. Thanks for your words of encouragement, i think it could be a great experience if i can figure it out.

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