Happy teachers help make happy students!
A teacher’s mood does have an effect on the students’ mood. Some days rough and you just want to scream! I have those days, but I try not to shout too much, especially since it ruins my voice. I try to come into class with a smile and cheerful voice. When I do get angry or upset, I let my students know. I find an important quality to have as a teacher, is honesty. Teachers should be honest with themselves as well as their students. Students who are in a good mood are more willing to participate, listen in class, and complete their homework (at least, that is the hope). I know kids love to draw, paint, and make other artistic works. Art class can really brighten up the students’ mood, as well as the classroom!
Bob Ross’s video series, “The Joy of Painting” which was syndicated on PBS in the 1980s is such an amazing show! I loved watching it as a child, and I still enjoy it today. I teach art to my fourth graders twice a week. I usually let my students draw or pain what they want, but as the semester continues, I do plan to make some crafts. Drawing and painting gets old after a while, and the students begin to lose focus. I like students to be creative! There are so many wonderful ways to bridge subjects using art – such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, collages, and lots of other things! The key issues with teaching art are space, time, and materials.
Where I teach, there isn’t a lot of space, materials, or time! While I can take time away from one class and add to the art time, I’d rather not do that. In any case, art is about expression! Art is also a great way to see what kids really think and feel; oftentimes kids cannot properly express how they feel (in words), so they turn to drawings, paintings or other visuals. Art also helps kids develop their creative sides, fine-motor skills, and spatial recognition skills.
I hope I can help my students develop their creative thinking skills over the year! It will be a challenge for me, but I am ready for it. My students have such wonderful minds and I believe they can do more than what they think!