Quite possibly the best job.
First off, there has not been an art teacher in over a year at this school. Before that, there was no art teacher. The kids WANT art and are EXCITED about doing art. They are really enthusiastic.
I was most worried about teaching the "big kids," specifically 7th and 8th grade. I was totally expecting the worst, and I have no experience with that age group. Well, they totally surprised me! They are two of my best classes! On my first day of school, a big tall 8th grade boy came up to me and very politely said, "Nice to meet you! Are you the new art teacher? What's your name?" My aunt remarked that it was the "Stepford 8th graders!" They are seriously SUCH nice kids, and it is a joy teaching them.
My most difficult classes are actually 3rd and 4th grade. It's not that they are "Bad," per se. Mostly it is just because they are loud and can get rowdy at times.
The little kids, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade, have art twice a week. They are done with their collages, which are about them. I'll share some photos soon. I brought home the first grade collages, and I will mount them on a piece of paper to create a display in the school. I had each child write a sentence or two about their artwork, so I'll mount that below each collage. It'll be great to see my students' art up in all of the halls! I will take photos of my displays! :)
A crazy thing happened the other day. After school one day I was organizing some materials and putting them in the closet. I saw kids getting ready to leave, putting on jackets, etc. Then I saw some parents picking up their children. Suddenly I look up and see someone I know! It was one of my MANAGERS from VS! She has been on leave from VS for a few weeks because she was taking care of a sick family member, so she didn't even know that I had gotten a teaching job. Well, - lo and behold! - my manager's child goes to the school. She is a 4th grader! How crazy and random to see someone I know there!! I couldn't believe it!
Last week, I placed my order for supplies. They should be arriving at the school by the time I teach next. Way excited!! I hope the order I placed was good. I found it kind of difficult to order paper when I couldn't feel it and see if it was good or not. Also, tempera paint -- it is hard to know if I got a good kind or not. Some school-grade tempera is really runny and the pigment is really weak. Hope it is good!
All of the other teachers are really nice -- I like them all! Everyone has been very helpful. The principal is a wonderful lady, and I like working with her a lot!
Very very happy with my teaching job. It is great being in the classroom!