Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul
I remember those special days when I taught art in a public school and an administrator would come to "evaluate" my teaching. In some schools, the administrator would warn me, while in others, they would do a "surprise" visit. I also remember the area on the evaluation forms which listed whether or not I had grown in the area of "school leadership" and/or "extra-curricular" participation. Fortunately, I always sponsored an after school program or club and received good marks in that area. Last year we presented several different ideas for creating or facilitating art related extra-curricular programs. If you work in a school that already has an art related program that is sponsored by another staff member, here is a list of three non-art related programs you could sponsor or participate in:
1. Academic Clubs
When I taught elementary art, I sponsored and coached students to participate in a math league called Academic Games. I competed in the league when I was an elementary student and was excited to be able to give back.
During my teaching experience, I volunteered to chaperone for trips, proms, dances, evening programs, etc...... My participation allowed me to connect more with other staff members and have fun with some of my students.
3. Attend Games/Competitions
While I taught high school, I attended football games to show support towards my students who were players and cheerleaders. It always made them feel special when they saw me in the stands.
We would love to hear your ideas about sponsoring other types of extra-curricular programs.
Please share them with us by commenting below
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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