I have just completed my fourth year of teaching and am excited to start preparing for my fifth year. I am a sixth grade history and language arts teacher at a middle school.
I currently teach in a low-income school district, where my entire school qualifies for free lunch.
I have also come to learn that many of my students have already experienced trama and hardships in their lives. A majority of their parents do not have a college education or hold a steady job. This presents many challenges for my students. However, with all the struggles they face on a day to day basis, they come to school eager and ready to learn!
My goal is to set a positive example for each of my students and create a classroom environment that is fun, interactive, and safe.
In the last four years I have slowly been building my class art supply collection. I love to incorporate art projects into history, whether it is creating maps of the Nile River and 3-D pyramids for Egypt, designing Ancient Greek pottery with sharpies on paper when we study Greece, or even mini paper mosaics when we dive into Ancient Rome.
However, I would really like to go to the next level with some of our projects by incorporating clay and watercolors into the classroom.
For instance, instead of having students write their names on paper in cuneiform, which was the writing system of the Sumerians, during our Mesopotamia unit I would love for them to create their own clay tablets. This would allow students to better emulate the process scribes went through when recording important information. Not only will students then have to shape and create their own tablet, but use various wooden tools to write their name. I believe this will be a memorable experience for my students, one what they surely won't forget!
Watercolor painting is something many previous students have asked if we would be doing with one of our history art lessons. Unfortunately, I have never had the proper materials to be able to provide them with this particular opportunity. I believe it is beneficial to expose my students to as many art mediums as possible. By receiving watercolor paper and paints I would be to teach students a new skill by incorporating watercolors into an art history lesson for Ancient Rome.
With the stress put on teachers and students to perform well on state testing art is something that has been dropped from the classroom, especially at the middle school level. I feel thankful for the opportunity to bring it back into my students' lives!
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