Summer's here! Now that I have some time to breath and sleep and relax
a bit, I decided to finally organize my curriculum a little better. My
school requires that we have a curriculum binder of our units for the
year, but for me, my curriculum is just not linear enough to work well
in a binder! So instead I decided to create a website.
Rather than flip through a binder from start to finish, it is now
possible to search the art department lesson plans through the
standards or through the curriculum map. Lessons include ones I've
taught and ones taught by the teacher before me.
Teaching at a school that has a high turnover rate means it's necessary
to consider future teachers who will be in my position. With this
website, I imagine a teacher thinking....¨I need to teach a sculpture
unit to 9th grade...what should I do!?¨ The website provides them with
a link from the curriculum map to a page listing any units that have
been taught previously about sculpture. Eventually future teachers can
add their own plans to this and a whole stockpile of relevant plans
will be created!
Right now the website covers 9th and 10th grade since those are the
grades I teach, but if it works well hopefully I will have the
opportunity to help the other art teachers develop something along the
same lines.
Check it out and let me know what you think!

I am also working on updating my teaching portfolio website. I started
it a few years ago to showcase all the lessons I have taught at
different grade levels. It comes in handy for job easy
resource to send principals ahead of time so they have an idea of my
teaching capabilities. It is also a great resource to show my students
what other students have done in the past. I pull it up on the
computer at the beginning of a project to show examples of what I am
hoping they will accomplish.
Over the summer I hope to update all the high school lessons that I
taught over the last year and over the next year I hope to have time to
go back into the archives and find more pictures of elementary level
projects to add.

Besides all that, I will hopefully be keeping up with my blog. 6 weeks of this summer will be spent backpacking around South America so the goal is to find some internet cafes and update everyone on the trip as we go. Look for posts on the Atacama Desert, Bolivian Salt Flats, Lake Titicaca, Machu Piccu, etc over the next two months.

Have a great summer everyone!

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Comment by Ryan Coleman White on June 25, 2011 at 4:01pm is a link to my website in case you wanted to give me your professional opinion...=)

Comment by Ryan Coleman White on June 25, 2011 at 4:00pm

Hi Caitlin,


I really dig how you are meshing your art education with your website-making powers!  I was trying to accomplish a similar feat  by putting all of my lesson plans, worksheets etc. on my website, but I never thought of the idea of mapping out my curriculum.  I am going to look into it further, thanks!  Have fun traveling this summer!


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