Ms. Novak is another art teacher that I have located with an awesome blog. Similar to the previous teacher blogs that I have discovered, Ms. Novak includes posts on product ideas, community projects, artists and cross-curricular lesson plans. The link included here references some of Ms. Novak’s best classroom management practices. As a new teacher, it is extremely helpful to have experienced teachers provide little tidbits of information about things that could get lost in the shuffle. For example, in this post, you will see some end of school recommendations that a new teacher might neglect because all they can think of is the end of the first year of survival. I am truly grateful for all of the teachers who have developed blogs and shared their ideas.
Another teacher blog that I love! This is the blog of Mr. E., TN Elementary Art Teacher of the Year 2012. This blog is overflowing with information about everything art education, advocacy and community involvement you could think of. Posts include examples of units, products used within the classroom, examples of work by local artists and a little personal updates, just to name a few. I included a link to a post that I almost cried over, classroom organization. No seriously, I openly admit that I am mildly to moderately OCD about certain things and to see such amazing use of wasted wall space turned into beautifully organized supplies, it brought a tear to my eye. The one thing that caught my attention right away with this blog was the list of links to other great blogs. Mr. E’s blog is such a great resource of information especially for a new art teacher like myself!!
I found this blog through links on links of another blog. I was truly intrigued by how the author presented herself, as well as how she presented information. The blog includes posts about her personal life including photos of her son and posts about units that she has conducted within her art classroom. I truly got the sense that the blog was very personal to her, she put her heart into it. I particularly enjoyed the post below about color mixing and Sesame Street! I never would have thought to use an episode of Seaseme Street in an art class but now I will. I think that one of the main reasons that I enjoyed the blog so much is because I felt a sense of connection to the author, as if I know her. This does however pose the question of boundaries for me with regards to teacher blogs. How much personal information is too much? This is a question that I will pay close attention to as I research more teacher blogs.