Friday, April 29, 2011

I Love My Online Educational Community. . . And, Want to Share With You!

I've been simply overwhelmed by the kindness and empathy of your responses to my current situation. Additionally, I'm touched by your own struggles, and want the best for all of you.

In the midst of what is a very hard time for me as an individual, I've been very grateful for my online community -YOU.

In times when things are good, I'm still grateful for this community. Through all of you I've learned more about how to design challenging lessons, bring empathy into the classroom, have a good sense of humor, and much, much, much more.

As art teachers, we are often the lone rangers of art in our schools. Being able to connect with like-minded educators on the web is a blessing. As a child of the technology age, I wonder how my predecessors did it without such community.

So, I want to give back and show my thanks. I'm going to host a little contest:

When I get a job, I'm going to zip all 300+ of my elementary school lessons plans and email them to a person selected at random who comments on this post. You are welcome to share the lesson plans with with your community as you like. This way, the sharing and love can keep on going.

Thank you for all of your support, and make sure you comment!


  1. Oh! Comment! Comment! LOVE new lesson plans!

  2. Thank you for sharing with us. We are always here for a fellow teacher!

  3. How nice of you! I don't want to be included in your give-away, because with 34 years behind me and only one left to go, I'm sure someone younger and greener will make better use of these lessons than me. But the offer is terrific!

  4. It would be amazing to get a resource like that for a teacher looking for a job, like me!

  5. Thanks for the chance to win--it is always fun and exciting to have new ideas!!!! i do not have my own art teacher blog yet--but hoping to get one started this summer--I LOVE checking out your blog--you have so many great ideas!! I am an art teacher in wisconsin--our school does not have a contract yet for the fall--it has been a long, long, exhausting few months-and we see a very dim future ahead at least in our district-so checking out your blog and the many other talented art teachers blogs gives me the motivation and inspiration I need to keep smiling and loving my job!!!

  6. I have been reading your post for the past few months now, and I just love them. I'm going to school to be an art teacher in Wisconsin right now, but reading your blog posts keep me optimistic and excited for the best part: the kids!

  7. Wow! That is an amazing offer. I know how difficult it is to find ideas in the art education world. In my school system, art teachers get together only three times to share ideas, and some teachers refuse to share! So I feel the same as you when you thank all the other art teachers who blog and help you make wonderful artwork with students every day!

  8. Why is it so hard to find worthy lesson plans for art? If it weren't for this online community my first 3 years would have been filled with art lessons from the 1970s! I owe my and my students success to bloggers like you!
    I pray one day that art becomes as important in education as the core classes. May you be blessed with a new art related career and soon. May I suggest you turn your lesson plans into a book and sell it? We could use more resources, I'm just sayin'!

  9. Great idea to turn them into a book! That sounds like a great Plan B! I know I'm looking for other art education opportunities.

  10. Oh Amy
    I wish you all of the luck in your current situation. you are amazingly talented and your passion just oozes through all of your posts. i was RIF'd last year (as a spanish teacher, but luckily i am dually certified in art also)and was so fortuante to be interviewed for art teacher positions without any classroom experience as an art teacher. i KNOW you are super resourceful and passionate and will land in a place that is amazing.
    thank you for sharing all that you do and inspiring the rest of us.

  11. Thank each and every one of you for all of your comments. I've been keeping rather silent -for me- about all of this except to those closest to me. As I've begun to open up about it,I've been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers, friends, and colleagues. Wow. I am so lucky.

    I've also been struck by how fortunate I am in my situation. Yeah, not having job security is tough. . .But, based on your comments, SO MANY of us are going through the same thing. And, I have a great community of people to lean on emotionally. And, while art jobs are hard to find in my state. . .There are some jobs. And, ultimately, there is A job (doing anything from Wal-Mart greeter to custodian) that I will find. I'm lucky to live somewhere where I have that possibility.

    And, I have some great leads on jobs. . .ALL of which have originated not through job searching, but through a network of individuals.

    So, thanks guys, and comment away! And, let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to support you.

  12. I'm still grateful for this community. Through all of you I've learned more about how to design challenging lessons, bring empathy into the classroom, have a good sense of humor, and much, much, much more. education technology news