A great way to end the Friday before fall break: cute notes left by happy students! #education #arted

A great way to end the Friday before fall break: cute notes left by happy students! #education #arted

A colleague just shared this with me. He is repeating the language of the student. My colleague is horrified and amused  (and so am I). 

Sparkles is a roller rink btw…

A colleague just shared this with me. He is repeating the language of the student. My colleague is horrified and amused (and so am I).

Sparkles is a roller rink btw…

I’m the #yearbook advisor. I wrangled permission for the faculty to troll their #mugshot photo. Tis gonna be hilarious! #arted

I’m the #yearbook advisor. I wrangled permission for the faculty to troll their #mugshot photo. Tis gonna be hilarious! #arted

offbeatteacher:

seriouslydisturbedteacher:

coffee-teach-wine:

Today I told a student who was being rude “chill the ‘tude, I will be with you as soon as I am done helping another student” and she replied, “my mom would slap the attitude off of your face.”

Seriously? Freshmen 😒

THE FUCK? 

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Eesh! I hope you set her straight!

Today, a kid (after being redirected for he umpteenth time) not-so-quietly grumbled aloud that he wished the old Art teacher was back. He didn’t expect a response; they get so used to us ignoring their rudeness.

I replied, “she’s not coming back. You’re stuck with me. And, in the future, I recommend whispering your smack talking, rude, little comments.”

Then, I winked, smiled, and skirted off to help a student.

Nobody messes with me in MY house.

1st day in digital #arted unit. “Yo Ms. Z.! Imma beast at this! Check out this picture of you I did!” #goodlord #imterrifying

1st day in digital #arted unit. “Yo Ms. Z.! Imma beast at this! Check out this picture of you I did!” #goodlord #imterrifying

Is it an #arted teacher thing to have an epic ton of accessories or is it just me? Here is my bracelet tree, earring keeper, brooch display, and ring storage. I don’t keep a mirror near any of it because I think you should accessorize with what makes you feel good / happy.

This is how I wake up. He paws at me and when I open my eyes… I get this pitiful glare. #puppylove

This is how I wake up. He paws at me and when I open my eyes… I get this pitiful glare. #puppylove

Student 1: “Ms. Z. You like the wicked step-mom from Cinderella.”
Student 2: “Shut yo mouth!! Ms. Z. don’t care what you rude children think of her! You act like she evens worries bout it!” #education #arted

Student 1: “Ms. Z. You like the wicked step-mom from Cinderella.”
Student 2: “Shut yo mouth!! Ms. Z. don’t care what you rude children think of her! You act like she evens worries bout it!” #education #arted

Clay project. Student approaches and says, “Soooo Ms. Z., THIS is the struggle!”  #itoldyoutousemoreslip #trialanderror #arted

Clay project. Student approaches and says, “Soooo Ms. Z., THIS is the struggle!” #itoldyoutousemoreslip #trialanderror #arted

thesedaysaredark said: Hi Amy I hope you're having a great start to the new school year. I look up to you a lot as an art teacher and it seems like you always have really great advice to give on here so I thought I might ask you for a bit too. Baisically I'm working on getting certified in a new state after moving post graduation. I am feeling like the best way to get my foot in the door is to sub. Do you think there is anything I should do to be known to art teachers so I can sub for them more often? Thanks!

artfulartsyamy:

Hey! Thank you so much for the kind words.

And, as for your question…Oh Holy YES. Art teachers are ALWAYS in need of good subs. Here is the method I would follow:

1. Go through the school district to get hired as a sub (you may have to go to special training).

2. Once you are officially hired, go to the main district website and get the individual school websites for all of the schools in the district.

3. Use the school websites to figure out who the Art teacher(s) is/are at each school.

4. Email the Art teacher and CC the school secretary (usually helps teachers find subs) and the school principal (makes you look good; helps you build a good relationship).

5. The email should say something like this:
“Dear Art Teacher, My name is Ms. Reciprocity Teacher. I am currently an active substitute for School District Name, have undergone all required substitute teacher training, and am certified to teach K-12 Art in Former State of Residence. In my Former State of Residence I taught Art for X many years to students in Grades X-X. I am currently working on earning my certification/reciprocity in Art Education in Current State of Residence, and I would love extra experience and opportunity in the Art classroom. Please keep me in mind this year if you have any need for a substitute. My current availability is hours/days. My contact information is email and phone number. Thank you so much for your consideration! “

Since I’m sharing this with everyone, if you are a preservice teacher who is subbing it should look something like this:
“Dear Art Teacher, My name is Ms. Preservice Teacher. I am currently an active substitute for School District Name. I have completed and undergone all of the required training to be a substitute teacher in School District Name. Currently, I am working on my degree in Art Education at Listed University, and I would love extra experience in the Art classroom. Additionally, I have knowledge of working in an Art through my Practicum / Student Teaching / What-Have-You that was at Listed School with Listed Teacher. Please keep me in mind this year if you have any need for a substitute. My current availability is hours/days. My contact information is email and phone number. Thank you so much for your consideration!”

6. Go back to the school district website, find out if there is a Fine Arts Supervisor. If so, send a similar email to him/her and mention the word “supply teacher.” Supply teachers serve when teachers are out on extended leave (like maternity leave). Being a supply teacher is a great way to make relationships in a new school district and to find a job. Lots of people I know got a job because they were a kick-butt supply teacher…The absent teacher either didn’t return to school for a reason of his/her choosing and/or the supply teacher just made great contacts.

6. Await the responses. In my school district, you’d probably get a call THAT. DAY. We are desperate for quality subs.

Best of luck to you in all of your endeavors!

drea-graceful I think it’s okay to email the principal. They get tons of email; it’s part of their job. It’s only one email; if they’re annoyed they’ll delete it. It’s more likely they just won’t even give it any regard. Buuuut, you may get a principal who has a need that you can fill; you never know. Ultimately, you have to be your own judge. Honestly, though, none of the principals I’ve worked for would be bothered by this. In fact, most if them would be psyched to hear from a quality sub! There aren’t many good subs out there!!