Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Amazing what I can get done with a little time...

Four years of art school come in handy when making glaze charts! If
only my digital camera didn't make everything look slightly fish-eyed!
I have been teaching for six years now, four of them at my current school. For the first time ever, I have a student teacher! Mrs. Heimlich is from The Ohio State University and is in the middle of ten weeks working with me. It has been a great experience so far. It is a whole different form of teaching- one that I really enjoy. For one thing, it is incredibly nice to have another adult in the room. Getting additional lesson ideas is another big plus. I love seeing what other teachers do in their classrooms, so I'm getting that experience in my own room. If you're a regular blog follower, you know I post examples of each project I teach. I'll be posting Mrs. Heimlich's lessons as she finishes them. 


Another aspect of having a student teacher that I'm really enjoying is having a little more time during the day to catch up on lesson planning, blogging, and projects around the classroom. What you see above is my new glaze chart! The chart I had before was just on plain plywood with tiny tiles and colors written in Sharpie. Some of the colors were essentially duplicates and a couple of the colors had bee discontinued. I had been wanting to make a new chart for several years. 


For those of you who have had a student teacher, what is your favorite part of the experience? Do you have any fun suggestions or stories?

4 comments:

Pat said...

Zach, that is a seriously cool glaze chart! I never have time to do neat projects like that although I think about it constantly! I haven't had the use of my kiln for almost 7 years and I finally got it back last fall when my new room was finished. I even have a separate room for it which is really nice.

On student teachers, it's hit or miss. I had a run of bad ones for various reasons and then I had one who is now my friend for life. I learned a lot from her (although she was supposed to be learning from me!)I have decided that before I ever say yes to taking on another one, I want to meet them for coffee or whatever and put them through a little interview process. Sometimes people's personalities and sensibilities are diametrically opposed. Five minute at Starbuck's and I'll know.

:)Pat

Nancie Kay said...

I was fortunate to have a student teacher who had worked as a graphic designer before returning to school to become a teacher. She was able to bring me up-to-date on technology (PowerPoint, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.) while I was able to help her translate it into classroom use. Her enthusiasm for EVERYTHING was contagious and it breathed new life into my 25 yr old career! She was truly a blessing...

Allie G said...

That looks great!! I'm a brand new art teacher and attempting to make one of these for my room. What did you use to get the tiles to stick to the board?

Zach Stoller said...

Thanks! I just used one of those obnoxious smelling adhesives. It was called E6000 and it was in the Blick catalog. Anything similar would work, too.