I am so behind. I’ll just start with that. My last post was November 12th. The art rooms at Randall and Huegel has been so busy since then! First of all, as a reminder, I am not an art teacher at Gompers anymore. I now teach art 10% at Huegel Elementary to three second and third grade classes in addition to the 15 classes at Randall to third, fourth and fifth graders and the 20% Positive Behavior Support position at Randall. Yikes! It’s a busy year! It’s about to get busier.
But before it gets busier, it was nice to take a few snow days to be silly and have fun. I made snowmen, climbed huge snow piles on the square and went sledding down the Capitol steps. Yep, Madison got so much snow that it covered the steps at the Capitol enough to make some really great sledding hills. I bet I wasn’t alone. How did you enjoy your snow days?
Randall was accepted in the Arts Education Initiative program through the Kennedy Center and Overture. Three of our classrooms will be learning their classroom curriculum through the arts! This is very exciting. Here is a video of what it looks like to integrate art with the classroom curriculum so our students are learning in a richer and deeper more genuine way. The teachers involved and our artist will be going through a training the beginning of January and more information about this amazing experience will follow! (This will be happening around April).
The second awesome thing going on at Randall is Ms. B and I, the new Randall music teacher, have gotten together with my friend Kevin who has been in my classroom before. We have looked at the common core math and literacy standards along with our own art and music standards to create a jazz unit for our third, fourth and fifth graders. This will be happening through out the end of January into February!
Outside school, things are about to get busier as well. We have THREE school board seats open this year. Elections are April but the work on the campaigns will start very soon. Three out of seven of our school board seats will be new people. This is a huge deal and will have a HUGE affect on our Madison education community. Keep your eyes and ears open!
Personally, I just found out I was accepted in the the Emerge Wisconsin program. Emerge is a program which trains Democratic women to run for office. I will have an entire weekend a month for the next seven months to dedicate to the Emerge trainings. It’s exciting!
So there it is, the update. Next, I will get caught up on telling you all about the wonderful lessons that have been going on in the art rooms!