Second Week of DL from the Art teachers Easel

After finishing the second week of distance learning, I thought that things were beginning to settle and find their place. I was working with a few of my teachers to develop a schedule where I could pop into their Unit of Inquiry lessons so that I could check in with the kids to see if they had any questions and go over the assignment for the week. I think I was wishful thinking. Today I sent out some reminders to teachers that I would be attending the meetings we had agreed upon only to be told that another specialist would be taking that time. I was also told that they didn’t want to confuse the kids with conflicting information. I have to admit that I was a bit flabergasted when I read this email. But then I paused and took a moment to reflect, something we all need to do from time to time. As I cooked dinner, I continued to think and process what was going on. Why were these teachers not wanting me to take some responsibility off their hands, why were they hogging the kids? As I worked through what I thought the reasoning might be, I realized that maybe I hadn’t been as transparent I needed to be and I hadn’t been as collaborative as I needed to be. So, going forward this will be my goal. To state my intentions and to truly work with my teachers to help us both arrive at a sane solution. My grandmother always told me I would catch more flies with honey than I would with vinegar so I am going to focus on that and try to work more with my teachers to have a genuine collaboration versus me trying to push in and upset the apple cart. Ugh! Being professional is so challenging.

On another more positive note, today I finished my I Spy the Alphabet in Art slide presentation and launched the choice board of archived “Come Draw with Ms. Beckie.” I think both resources will be great for my littles.

Week 2 down, 26 more to go.

The highlight of my week! When the internet is working properly.

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Bruce Lee

G3s HWEO Fairytale Illustrations

Always happy to #collaborate with fellow teachers to integrate art in their lessons. G3s we’re exploring the elements of fairytales during library and we came up with this project. We both dedicated time and readjusted a few schedules. Students and teachers were so excited to work on this during their library time.

Grade 1 Communities

A few years ago Grade 1 students were inquiring about communities in their UOI.  I snapped a few photos of them creating these cardboard buildings of our community here in Qatar.  It was such a great lesson.  You can really learn a lot about them as you listen to them chat with each other.  They mostly talked about all the hotels and tall buildings there are in Qatar and then some would talk about the hospitals and police stations, etc.  After all the buildings were created we turned them into a relief wall hanging.