For those of you who read my art teacher blog, this is a cross-post. Sometimes what I write about there might be interesting for you here.
I have a rare moment of quiet. My 4 year old is out to lunch with her
cousins and my 4 month old is taking a nap. You know you’re a teacher
when the first thing you think is.. “ooh! I can make some signs for my
classroom.” Then, the second thing you think is “I could write a blog
post!” Maybe I will have time to do both. It’s really amazing how much
you can get done in a short time when you know you won’t have time
later. It’s like when you have company coming over and you manage to
clean your whole house in 20 minutes.
We have 2 weeks until we go back to school. My room is coming
together! I’ve been in quite a few times sorting and organizing. I
will give you a “room tour” later. I’ve really enjoyed seeing lots of
other art rooms in the blogs and Facebook groups. It has given me some
good ideas for organization.
I wanted to show you what books I’ve been reading lately in case you are looking for something to read.
really recommend this book for those of you who work with preschool
& early childhood (Kinders/1st grade). I really like how the author
references living artists and I like how the art projects are process
oriented, rather than cute little projects. I’ve read this whole book
and I took notes on ideas for this coming year!
Here are four books that you might enjoy as an art teacher.
1. Raising Self Reliant Children: I have started reading this book and I’m a few chapters in. So far, it
gives an insight about raising children in our current society.
2. God's Pencils, Christian Parenting & Teaching in the 21st Century: While I don’t teach at a Christian school, it is always interesting to
read about teaching from a Christian worldview (and I mean, teaching
kids kindness/respect/responsibility, not the religious principles.. as
that wouldn’t fly in a non-Christian school.) Also, I like reading these
kinds of books as a reminder for my own attitudes while teaching.. ie.,
each child/adult in the school is a child of God. I have not read this
whole book but I’m looking forward to it!
3. Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers: This book is amazing! Highly recommend it! It’s a quick read and lots of good stuff about approaching classroom management.
4. Are you looking for some fresh watercolor ideas for your classroom? This book has some good inspiration. One Watercolor A Day
My mom gave me the book on the left and we read the book on the right
for my book club. Both books were quick and easy reads. Both books
are motherhood memoirs. Between both of them, I would recommend Operating Instructions. It was funny and relate-able. The other book, Planting Dandelions had it’s good parts, but there wasn’t a lot of substance. At the end of
reading it, I kind of thought, “what actually happened in this book?”
The books has short chapters of essays on things that she experienced as
a new mom. We all agreed that that the author was way too flippant
about cheating on her husband and that kind of turned us off at the
Everyone who is a parent should read this book: Protecting the Gift (Keeping Children & Teenagers Safe). It also could be eye-opening for teachers who are not parents.
I struggle with how to talk to my daughter about keeping safe and
interacting with strangers. I don’t want to scare her so much she’s
afraid of everyone, but I do want her to be aware that dangers are out
there. If you are a parent, read this! I’m about half way through and
it’s so good. It’s a quick and engaging read and gives you lots of
practical advice on how to talk to your kids about safety and trust your
Are you reading anything good? I’m still waiting for the copy of Teach Like a Pirate
to be ready for me at the library! I’m on a mission to get
“clutter-free” or as clutter free as possible, so I’m trying to get
most books from the library instead of purchasing them. After I finish
books, I try to pass them on or sell them in our garage sale, otherwise
it just adds to the clutter.
Disclosure: If you do decide to buy these books, the links in this post are Amazon affiliate links.