Posted: February 6, 2018 | Category:
I found myself again in unfamiliar territory after my two and half years as a visual arts teacher. This year, I have been assigned to a different school fully packed with new students and over 500 names I must learn and memorize. Out of all the grade levels that I teach (K-8), I must admit that the eighth-grade crowd is a tough one. The thought of meeting my new eighth-graders kept me up till the late hours brainstorming on the best ways to kick-off the new school year on a positive note. I browsed through my best art assignments and comprehensive pre-tests, but something else was still missing. I needed to connect with my students and reach them on a more personal but lighthearted note. Then I realized, I am fully equipped with the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills curricula – my foundation as a student, and now my lifeline as an art teacher.