long days in the classroom settling playground disputes, delivering instruction in hand-washing techniques that minimize water splashing. doling out classroom etiquette on sneezing. earlier this week, there was a backpack throwing incident involving a heavy crockery plate, a fork, a huge pool of blood, a black eye, and a hair-raising lecture on running in the hallway delivered by yours truly.
it’s the time of year when the honeymoon has faded and the kids have just woken up to the fact that their teacher is not right in the head. the jury is still out on whether that will end up being a blessing or a curse.
art to the rescue!
i can tell you that my jury has been in deliberation since august on whether or not this year’s class can hold a candle to last year’s. i’ve been leaning heavily in the NO direction, but things are starting to shift.
by the way…these are practice poppies for their very first drawing and painting on real watercolor paper.
which. we did today!
report cards are due, parent conferences are coming up, my final evaluation looms on the horizon and i have half a dozen field trips for which i must recruit parent volunteers.
somehow or other it will all get done.
i usually play soothing calm music during art but today i cranked up the volume and played THIS from Sense – the instrumental pieces. the kids loved it. i’m creating a dance/electronic playlist now for art. the vibe in the room was fantastic, joyous. everyone was swaying in their seats, and perfectly absorbed in painting. really cool.
i think i can say it was today that things began an internal shift for me. the music, paint, light in the room. good stuff. a balm to wrap around all of my prickly parts.
hope you’re making your own music. swaying to what matters. finding those rare & lovely moments that pull you into the here & now.