Monday, October 8, 2012

Another art blog is born

Oh my goodness, I did it. After far too many hours a few months almost a year some time spent thinking about starting an art ed blog, I've hit the "Publish" button. And I intend to keep it published. Hot diggity dog!

I imagine it'll take me awhile to find my voice, to get the hang of this, to be faithful to blogging. I so appreciate any and all others who may join in on this great experiment.

I had some major trouble coming up with a name for this blog, which sadly is the first step via blogger (thanks a lot, blogger, for all that brain racking).

Then, today, during another in-service day (for which I again was given zero direction, but that's a post for another day), a teacher asked me if I had any meetings to attend today. Ha! With only two elementary art teachers in our little district, and the other chick about to go out on maternity leave, no, I did not have any meetings to attend today. "I am an island," I told him.

And then, instead of cutting paper or hanging displays or writing lesson plans like I should have, I began to think. I doubt I'm the only specialist in a small district who feels so isolated, like her own tiny island.

For awhile now, I've been following art teachers' blogs as a way of staying sane--connecting myself to other people in my (paint-stained) shoes, sharing ideas and frustrations and all that jazz.

Here we are, a bunch of islands, connected. Like an archipelago--a chain of islands.

And ARTipelago was born (cue happy music!).

Ooooo, archipelagos are neat (just like art teachers!)

1 comment :

  1. I feel your pain...I'm in a small school district...we are a K-12 district in one building with graduating classes of about 35 on average. I am the only elementary art teacher in my district for K-6 and I am 83% (5 out of 6 days in the cycle). The high school teacher is ready to retire any year now, and we don't have any free periods together, or even lunch together!