This blog is not just for art teachers who push a cart. There are many who travel from one school to the next, set up multiple classrooms, share rooms, or teach from a temporary space. Even if you are one of the lucky ones with one school and your very own classroom, you may find moments where you will have to adapt to a current environment while teaching. Your current set-up may change from one year to the next unexpectedly. I created this blog to help with all situations. We are not alone in our struggle to balance our workloads.
I am now in my 11th year of teaching. For the past 3 years, I have been teaching at one school in one solo classroom. I am enjoying my home at Brodnicki Elementary! I hope to still provide guidance for those who teach in alternate situations.
When this blog was first started, I traveled to three different schools in my district.
My previous home base school, Wilkins Elementary, I had a classroom that I shared with two music teachers (who travel by cart during the day). The school has now lost the art room and is now on a cart.
My second school, Lyle Elementary, I spent my first few years on a cart, then I shared a classroom with another art teacher and the band director.
My third school was Player Primary Center. I was also on a cart, but taught out of the gym/cafeteria while other activities were taking place (OT, Early Childhood, etc.). Player has now changed over to the Early Childhood center for our district.
Why Start a Blog?
When I began as a traveling art teacher, I was lost. I did have a mentor in the district, but she was stationary at one school with a classroom. Having a mentor did help, but I could not find any research about how teaching from a cart affected student learning, when it was quite obvious that there was with teaching from both classroom and cart. After being asked to write about the challenges of teaching from a cart for the National Art Education Association's "Monthly Mentor" on their website art educators.org, I wanted to continue writing about ways I managed traveling, teaching from a cart, sharing spaces, and having a classroom.
I am always open to new ideas, and I love to share what ideas I have. I believe in sharing projects openly with other educators to grow our curriculum and to stay on top of new trends in the arts.