Last week I attended the CITA workshop, a three day conference held at the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie. All of the Teaching Artists, Teachers, and Executive board members participated in the three day workshop.
I had a really great and exhausting three days. It was wonderful to see the talents of my fellow teaching artists, as well as meet with all the enthusiastic teachers who we will be working with this year. We had fantastic guest teaching artists Aaron and Lisa visit from Kansas City and their ideas and training proved to be very valuable to me and my idea generation for arts integration. I also got a few hours of planning time with my co-teacher Rachel K! She is going to be a blast to work with.
Rachel and I met yesterday and knocked out the first unit plan that will start the second week of school. We'll be teaching the kids a motion activity and writing a song together that Rachel plans to use to start each day and bring the class together as a community. I'm interested to see how our plan evolves once we get a bunch of 2nd graders involved in the process. I start teaching with Rachel in mid-September so I'll post an update of that process then!
8/27/2015 04:59:06 am
Nice reflection Erika. Building community is a wonderful arts integration focus to have when first joining a classroom. Please remember to blog about your two hours of planning time prior to joining Rachel's classroom.
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Dr. Erika Svanoe
Teaching Artist for Arts Integration Menomonie.