Saturday, January 31, 2015

February 2015 Comment Contest ..


The winner of the February Comment contest is Heidi Sue!!!
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February's topic is:

1. Do you feel overwhelmed with all you have to do at school-meetings, lesson plans, bus duty, grading, learning a new way of doing something, etc...If you could, what would be your sole (or soul's) most important focus ? what is it that you want to be doing or teaching at school? I am guessing it's not going to more Professional Development workshops that has noting to do with art! 

or question 2. 


2. Are you a Zentangle artist, how often do you find time to tangle and once you start how long do you tangle for at one sitting? It's addicting and hard to stop once you have started...I know!


  • Each comment is one entry and you may enter as often as you like!
  • You may answer one or both questions, each comment is another chance to win.
  • Make sure you have or leave a good contact email-If you do not wish to leave your email publicly you can email me your email address at:  doodleallday@hotmail.com
  • If you win you will be contacted by email, you have 30 days to claim your prize.

23 comments:

  1. Yes I feel overwhelmed! I just want to stay in my room and teach! No listening to others complain, no putting grades on-line, no SLO's, no effective project,etc. maybe if I took time to zentangle I would feel better! :)

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  2. Vicky...it is so hard to do everything. I have decided to focus only what I think is important. Great lesson plans and helping my students. I can't keep changing every time we get a new principal and the standards change.
    Thanks for the comment and Zentangle will always help!
    Lee

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  3. Overwhelmed to say the least! Teaching k-8 at two different schools...two of everything, not to mention two different administrations! Yikes! Zentangle keeps me on track...able to slow down, and get lost in the art form.

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    1. I do not know how you work out the details for being at 2 schools...wow! Not sure how I would handle 2 different administrations! Glad you Zentangle!
      Thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  4. This year, I have the additional duty/joy of teaching grades 2-5 in a small private school my son is now attending which is a 45 minute drive. It isn't hard to teach the classes because I just use the same lessons as I do for my school. The overwhelming part is trying to balance meetings at one school while working at the other! We are going through our accreditation so they have heaped the meetings on! Trying to get out of my school after cleanup and beat the traffic to pick up my son is also hard. After this year, it should get easier. HOPEFULLY!
    But, truthfully, I don't mind the professional development meeting as long as I am learning something. If not, I doodle or tangle. Wish I had time for more of that! Overwhelmed? No. Can I just be 'whelmed'?

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    1. I agree that if professional development is meaningful it is welcome but when I have to sit and listen to how to improve test scores because being a school of excellence is just not good enough is a little mind numbing and frustrating. I tangle a lot during meetings but as I told my principle, "I can actually hear you better when I am drawing"!

      I am glad you get to work with your son. I did an art after school program when my son was in 3 and 4th grad it was great! That is actually how I decided I wanted to become an art teacher instead of a restaurant manager!

      A long time ago...!

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  5. I zentangle when I am bored during meetings and when listening to speakers. It's more of a doodling thing I do when I need something to draw when I am not working on an actual painting or piece.

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    1. I have found that tangling during meetings actually helps me focus. Otherwise I am just daydreaming and I don't remember a thing that was said.
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  6. Sometimes it gets overwhelming especially when you need time for prep or clean up and they make you do something else. I am lucky that in my school I do not have bus or lunch duty- but many other teachers do! I love the opportunity to go to art relevant pds and luckily they offer many in NYC... If I could have one sole responsibility it would be just helping kids/guiding them to find their true art talent and I would have less classes and see them each more than once a week- what a difference a second session would make!

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    1. I agree! My kids have to have PE twice a week....Art is just as important as PE to the kids!
      thanks for the comment,
      Lee

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  7. I am a zentangle artist. I usually find to zentangle at school or at home when I do not have nothing to do. On a school day I usually find time to zentangle for about and hour. On the weekends when I have nothing to do I can zentangle for two to three hours. I love zentangling and I do it all the time. I have made zentangle Christmas gifts and presents for my friends. I love zentangling when I am not working on a piece or I have nothing to do. Zentangling helps clear my mind and relieves stress form a day at school.

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    1. Zentangle is so calming...and addicting!
      Rianna thank you for the comment and make sure you leave a contact email.
      I you would like you may email me you email address to
      doodleallday@hotmail.com

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  8. I would love to have my elementary students more than once a week. If the student behavior would improve via an effective school culture and discipline policy, I could really get my classes to kick it up a notch. Each year I teach, it becomes less and less about freedom and more about squeezing in a tiny bit of creativity. In my art classes we explore materials and techniques, learn about famous artists, and work intently on process oriented projects. I am always amazed by what my kids can produce! When they create, they are so happy and whine when it's time to clean up. Yes, there are so many external factors that take away from the joy of teaching, that sometimes I forget what matters. Then I remember, ART! Letting kids let academics go for a bit and just be free with their expression is a beautiful part of life. Of course I have structure, rules, and perimeters, and art is not a time to go crazy and act up. But it can be very, very hard. Since I have 1000 students, the Specials teachers are required to enter 9 Mastery grades, 2 Practice grades, and 1 citizenship grade per semester, per student. That's 12,000 grades four times a year. Aside from that, of course there is so much to take care of as per administration, and documentation, professional development, personal courses, and just art prep, ceramics is a whole other ball of wax, and art club, yearbook, school events (I just need a few banners for the dance, famous last words), and THE ART SHOW. So yes, it's a crazy job and I work very hard. I would love to brush it all away, and just teach the kids and not have to worry about meeting deadlines for anything else.

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  9. Marydwyer.....It sounds like you are living my life other than having 1000, I only have 700. I know the classroom teachers have it hard especially when it comes to testing but it is nothing like entering 12,000 x 4 ! If they could only see what we do. I had to "just create a poster for the School Board appreciation week" yesterday. I wonder if next time I want my checkbook balanced I could go to the math teacher and say "since you are good at math, balance my checkbook".

    I guess if I could just teach for the sake of teaching art, which by it's self is a very important subject I would be the happiest person in the world. Adding on meetings that have nothing to do with anything that relates to my subject is not fun or helping anyone. I have started on a path of the minimalist approach to my job where I do what needs to be done but my soul focus is on straight forward teaching of the principles and elements of art in as many mediums as I can squeeze in. I can't keep changing the way I do lesson plans, have a school wide discipline program, learn a new email system, include core classroom standards in my students art, etc every time our administration changes. My kids deserve more of my time than that.

    thanks for the comment,
    Lee

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  10. I do feel overwhelmed with the lesson plan format we have to use. Professional development seems to be a waste of time bc it is not geared towards art. I would rather spend those days in my classroom preparing for the week.

    Zentangles! I love them! They relax me and keep me creative. I might spend as much as 2hrs or more on a zentangle depending on how complicated it is.

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  11. I do feel overwhelmed with the lesson plan format we have to use. Professional development seems to be a waste of time bc it is not geared towards art. I would rather spend those days in my classroom preparing for the week.

    Zentangles! I love them! They relax me and keep me creative. I might spend as much as 2hrs or more on a zentangle depending on how complicated it is.

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    1. Love Jones, I agree and I am guessing most art teachers agree with you.
      Lee

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  12. I want most to be among the students working and listening to them while they work. I enjoy conversing with them and helping them make connections between art and their lives. Being a part of their experiences and capturing those tiny teachable moments, help guide my next lesson.

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    1. I love this! Would in just wonderful if we could just spent all our time just teaching....and nothing else!
      Lee

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  13. I was curious about the word choice "soul". Yes, I do feel the pressure of all the "extras" and we didn't even address personal responsibilities. My soul's focus in my art room is sharing my faith, developing that relationship with my students, and validating the need for creativity in our daily lives.

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  14. tchrbarbe...My "soul's" focus would also be validating the need for creativity in our daily lives. I think my biggest hurdle in teaching art is the idea there is a "right" answer. The kids have been taught to think like test takers and not creative individuals. They get so scared they will make a mistake on the paper they sometimes will not even be able to start.
    thanks for the comment,
    Lee

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  15. I am a zentangle artist. Found your blog via a pinterest post with this URL as the home site. So I've been looking at your wonderful blog for the past half hour or so. Delightful! What a wonderful profession you have, teaching art to elementary students.
    As for how often do I find time to tangle...every day. i have a job at a desk, with some idle time, so I take advantage every work day and get a lot of tangling done that way. I also tend to play at it during my days off, and once I get started, it is DARN hard to stop! In fact, I make sure and get stuff done before starting with the art, because once I start, it is so comfy and lovely to sit and tangle all the live long day!

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  16. Heidi Sue,
    I have many Zentangle students who work at a desk and tell me the same thing! I hope they are getting their work done sometimes. This morning I made myself some eggs and saw my Zentangle sketch book and started drawing. 2 hours later my eggs were cold as a stone still sitting on the counter!
    thanks for the comment,
    Lee

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