I am ashamed to say I just noticed that I haven't made a post in MONTHS???!!!!! And, I am not just talking over the summer. I know I had a very busy end of the school year but regardless, this is LOOOOOOOooonnngggg overdue! So, let's start by summarizing this past school year and then I want to discuss what summer looks like for a teacher, at least for me.
This past school year was one of my more difficult years in recent time. I wrestled with a lot! Some of the problems I experienced were with students, some with peers and some outside of the school day. This year, we replaced Scientific Visualization with Digital Design & Animation in a limited pilot for the state. While I think it went well overall: students were engaged, they learned the necessary tools and the curriculum materials were well done, overall, there is definitely room for improvement. Some of the material we included went far too in-depth to the point that there was no way it could be included in a single course with so many other applications to teach the students. But, we learned from that and have done some trimming, plus added a new component to the course which I think will really grab students this coming year (more to come on this in August). But, looking back on the year, it was a good year with a good group of students, many of whom I expect to see in our new course, Digital Design & Animation II, this school year.
Now, onto summertime for me!
Over the past couple of months, while my students have likely been relaxing and enjoying the break, I've been busy pushing my learning of the creative technologies we use in the classroom and coming up with new lessons plans for the coming year. I've mentioned in the past that I have been taking courses through the Adobe Education Exchange to boost my skills with the CC Suite and that process has continued and I have learned so much that will be incorporated into my lessons this coming school year. New courses I have taken include:
I have also been busy learning from other educators as I just returned from the annual NC CTE Summer Conference where I presented sessions on Adobe Spark and assisted the curriculum revision team in updating teachers on the new Digital Design & Animation curriculum that I taught last year in limited pilot as well as a BRIEF overview of Digital Design & Animation II, which has been added to our offerings this coming school year.
But, I am still taking time to relax and recharge. I worked on a lot of lessons right as the school year ended (keeping the momentum going from the past year) but as the summer has drawn on, I have slowed down considerably and I am getting mentally ready for a new year. We all need a break and the body/mind does need rest!
So, as you can see, I have been quite busy. School starts in just a couple of weeks, so I can say in earnest that I am looking forward to seeing my returning students and meeting those who will be new to the game design concentration at DSA.
I am a high school Career & Technical Education (CTE) teacher located in Durham, NC with a focus on game art and design. This blog provides a place for reflection on relevant classroom practices.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent those of my employer or anyone else associated with Durham Public Schools.