Small Scraps

Small Scraps & Weekend Links

What A Week

What a week I had. I blame the time change. I thought, based on a decent Monday, that I hadn’t been hit too hard by it, but Tuesday proved me wrong. It was one of those days. I woke up an hour late, totally screwed up the day of my daughter’s science show, my favorite necklace broke as soon as I arrived at school, I forgot my lunch, we had no less than three paint explosions and a gazillion moments of frustration when I had to answer questions I had already reviewed. Continue reading

Small scraps and weekend links
Small Scraps

Small Scraps & Weekend Links

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. Continue reading

Small scraps and weekend links
Small Scraps

Small Scraps & Weekend Links

Kids Say the Darndest Things

A 6th grade student walks up to me, “I’m really good at guessing people’s weight.”

“Okay,” I reply.

She stares at me for a moment, then says, “I am. I’m really good at it.”

“Okay, go for it,” I say.


“Go for it. Do me,” I challenge.

A little taken aback, she pauses for a moment, “Oh, okay, um…” She studies me, thoughtfully, then loudly she guesses, “145!”

“Humpf,” I scoff, “Nope!’

“Well,” she stammers, “I’m better at guessing kids’ weight, not adults.”

“Ohhh…” I say, “I see. Well, you were about 20 lbs off.”

“Like I said,” she explains, “I’m better with kids. I never would have guessed you weighed 165.”

Small Scraps & Weekend Links

This Week on Instagram

My photo-a-day challenge on Instagram has started with a bang. I am loving the photos from all of the participants. I’m thinking of doing some sort of Best of post or something. It’s not too late to join!

This Weeks Highs & Lows

  • We had an unexpected day off on Tuesday for the Primaries. Happy to have the day off, devastated by the results of Super Tuesday. Get it together, America! This is the future of our country, not the latest reality show.
  • Kind of off topic, but I picked up Kindergarten registration papers for my daughter. Nooooooo! It seems like only yesterday I was trying to figure out how to pump in between cleaning brushes and loading the kiln. *Sigh*
  • Snow days, delayed starts, early releases, assemblies and field trips have messed with my previously perfectly timed calendar. Which is why I found myself bouncing from painting to clay to oil pastels, back to clay, and then back to painting. It made for an exhausting day.
  • It’s bobblehead time! (again) The students are so excited to make these. My Kinders and first graders are already asking me if they’ll get to make them when they’re in second grade.


Weekend Links

Hope you have a great weekend! Don’t forget to follow Art Teachers Hate Glitter on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more behind the scenes photos, anecdotes and lesson ideas.

Photo A Day

Photo A Day: March 2016

I am a huge fan of Photo A Day challenges. I decided to start my own, but I suck at remembering to complete daily tasks (as is evident from this awkward moment, five years ago), so we’ll see how this goes. If you want to play along (please do), follow me on Instagram, and be sure to tag me @athglitter and include the hashtag #athglitterphotoaday. And because my school system blocks Instagram, be sure to check in with me during the wee hours of the morning, or late in the evening, to see my progress (or lackthereof).

Oh, and you don’t have to be an art teacher to participate (although it might make it easier), so invite all your friends to play too. Have fun!

Art Teachers Hate Glitter Photo A Day

Does your memory suck? Do you work better with a visual reminder? I made a pdf printable version of the above image for you. I recommend re-sizing it before you print though. 35% worked for me. Get it here: ATHGlitterPhotoADayMarch 2016

p.s. In case this wasn’t evident, the challenge begins March 1st.

Don’t forget to follow Art Teachers Hate Glitter on Instagram @athglitter.