Followers, conventions, conferences, and random thoughts
As of this writing, I have 964 followers on my blog; I want to reach 1000! If you told me, when I started this blog about three years ago, that I'd have this many people interested in reading my blog, I'd have said "yeah, that will happen when pigs fly!" But, of course, an art room is a place where pigs DO fly!!
When I do reach that magic 1000 followers, I plan some sort of giveaway to celebrate, so if you aren't yet a Google follower of this little old blog, please join yourself up! Even though Google Reader isn't around any more, you can still see the blogs you follow and jump directly to them through the dashboard when you want.
Meanwhile, while I'm here writing, I'm wondering who is going to be at the NAEA convention in San Diego in March. I'm not one that usually acts on a whim, but I'm considering making the trip. Can you convince me it will be worth the cost for a retired teacher to fly clear across the country? Zip! Just like that!!
dragon, grade 3
cat on flying carpet, grade K
grade 2 homage to Lichtenstein
Chuck Close at NAEA conference in NYC, 2012
While we are here talking about conventions, what about the upcoming online conference I've seen so many of you posting about? I wasn't planning to attend, since so much of it is geared toward the teacher working in a school, dealing with the issues and challenges that presents. My teaching nowadays is a struggling-to-get-off-the-ground after school art enrichment program, with small classes and no concerns about assessments, evaluations, data collections, Common Core, and so on. Our focus is simply on making art and enjoying the process of creativity. Anyhow, are you attending? Are you teaching a session? If so, how did that come about? Tell me more!