Summer Vacation!!! Usually those words evoke a picture of sun, fun, and relaxation. Well I have the sun and the fun, but relaxing? I would NOT call my summer this year relaxing. You see, I have 2 VERY active little boys at home and they are making me very tired! I spend my free time chasing them away from roads, retrieving balls thrown, running around to entertain them at the beach, zoo, pool, and other places. I am so tired! Teaching 450 kids is easier… seriously! At least they go home at the end of the day and I don’t have to feed them, change them, or put them to bed! It’s insanity how much I am longing for school to start up again… I know… the HORRORS! I do love to teach though and I get antsy without that particular schedule. So, while my little one is napping or the kids are occupied (which rarely happens without me), I am planning all my lessons, projects, and forms for next year! Which is only a month away!
Here is my scope and sequence or curriculum map for next school year. Just a little peek of things to come. I know there are many grad students or practicing teachers that have questions about this particular thing. Some principals want to see it, some do not require it but I always find it organizes me and lets me see the flow for the year in all 7 grade levels that I teach. I often overlap things on purpose and I rarely print this out as a final document. IT’s ever changing. Sometimes things change, projects get dropped, events require different topics. I can be flexible but at least I can be organized!
So as you can see, I have organized it into a table document. The top shows grade levels and there is some color coding for alike topics. The yellow is clay projects. It’s a rough draft of my year. I’m a visual person so I have to see what my curriculum looks like in order to rearrange and figure out the order of things. It just works for me. I also have lesson plans written up for each lesson but no set dates… that is for my plan book. I do that be week. Things change so rapidly in Elementary school that I have to plan weekly sometimes changing daily depending on who finished what and field trips, music performances, assemblies, snow days, sick days, testing, etc…
I’ll share my other organizational pieces later (I have to take pics of those). I think the most important thing about teaching Elementary Art besides the art part, is organization! If you a fly by the seat of your pants type… well, your job will be MORE chaotic than it needs to be! Unless you are a really organized – fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-kind of person! LOL!