When should art teachers go back to school?
With summer vacation dwindling away (or gone for some of you) a visit to your art studio/art room is inevitable, and quickly approaching. Some teachers will walk through the doors on the first contract day and others will take the first step days or even weeks before. I happen to be one of the latter people.
I find the sooner I can get back into my art studio, the less I procrastinate and dread the first day. I also find if I want to make changes in my curriculum or start planning for the coming year, I’m most creative and productive in my art studio.
This year, I ventured towards school in the late morning and managed to make two unnecessary stops along the way. At my first stop, my husband happened to call me, and in the middle of our conversation he asked, “Where are you?” I replied, “I’m at the nursery looking at maple trees.” He kindly reminded me that I do this every year, and that I should get to work. Of course I knew he was right, but it didn’t stop me from making my second unnecessary stop at a bakery to purchase a sweet treat.
Every year, I get sidetracked on my way into work for the first day. It never fails. It got me thinking, how many of you find yourself stopping for that unnecessary pastry on your first trip back to school? Do you believe in working before your first contracted day or are you someone who walks in on the first day?
Regardless of when you make your first appearance at school, remember, it’s a new year. You get to start over and change what you want. Trust me, walking through the door with a fresh pastry makes it so much easier!
So, I have to know, when do you go back to school?
Are you in your room all summer or do you wait until the last minute?