Election Year Fatigue
I cannot wait for this election year to be over. Usually it’s all the attack ads that get to me, but those haven’t hit yet. What is really draining me is all the talk among my students, “Did you hear [student]? She said she’s moving to Canada if [candidate] becomes President!” or “We have to leave the county if [candidate] becomes President.” or “I hope [candidate] becomes President.” “No way, [candidate] is going to be President.” I mean, I’m happy to hear students are engaged in the process, but it saddens me to hear that many students feel unwanted, or worse, that many students are “supporting” candidates without fully understanding what it means. I know they’re just parrots of their parents, but to hear first graders, second graders, third graders argue about who would be the best President is bothersome.
Photo-A-Day Challenge Favorites
I said I might do it, and here it is, some of my favorite Photo-A-Day pics from the first week.
Day 1: Creative Storage
ATHG Photo Challenge DAY 1: Creative Storage // Our reusable coloured paper trolley: this is a great way to keep bits of paper that aren't ready for the bin. We found the drawers were best to separate the colours and keep them flat! I found this unit at Officeworks for about $30 and laminated/labelled kinder circles for the outside of each drawer. The monster on top is for my artists to "feed" their broken/used/finished supplies to for checking! #artroom #artteacher #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo #art #teachertip #colour #paper #athglitter #athglitterphotoaday @athglitter
Day 2: On the Floor
Day 3: Art Work
Day 4: Pattern
Day 5: Food
Day 5 of athglitter challenge- food. Last years clay cupcakes from grades 3 and 4 thanks to many Pinterest posts for inspiration!The kids loved making them and the older grades were very impressed with the coils and detail. #athglitterphotoaday #loveart #primaryartroom #primaryart #artroom #artforkids #teachersoninstagram #teachersfollowteachers #claywork #grade3&4 #cupcakes
Day 6: A Favorite
Day 6 athglitterphotoaday challenge- favourite. Loved these brush head people and so did the kids! DAS air dry clay for face and arms, newspaper as body covered in Paper magic clay and painted. #athglitterphotoaday #teachersfollowteachers #teachersoninstagram #grade6 #kidsart #aussieteachers #aussieteachertribe #ausb2s16 #aussiesofinstagram #primaryartroom #primaryartteachers #primaryschoolart
Day 7: Landscape
Kids Say the Darndest Things
My 1st graders are working on cake paintings right now. One of my students, who hadn’t even made it halfway through the background of his painting, came to me and said, “Ms. ATHG, this seems like hard work.” I replied, “Yes it is. Hard work is great because it makes us stronger people.” He went on to explain, “But, hard work and I just aren’t good. I don’t like it.” Huh? What? You’re in 1st grade! Painting is supposed to be the fun kind of hard work. You’re in 1st grade!
Sadly, this is a common sentiment among many of my students these days; giving up before they really even begin. What is going on? Does anyone else see this in their classrooms?
- I am a whiskey drinker. It’s my go-to. I’m dying to try this sweet drink, although I’m not really into sugary, syrupy beverages, I’m willing to give it a shot (heh-heh).
- I was gifted a sewing machine for Christmas from my mom, and one of these days I’m really going to teach myself to sew. So far I’ve made a pillow for my daughter’s babies. When I have more time (summer!), I want to make these.
- Every now and again I go on a health kick, usually about this time of year. I’m thinking of making this sweet treat.
- These colorful pictures are gorgeous.
- I want these shoes to be my next pair of Chucks. Where can I find them!?!?!