And they found this guy:
Which led to a great discussion about gardening (if you don't know about tomato hornworms and these beneficial wasps, you can learn more here) and the wonders of nature and life cycles.
Cassie Stephens blogged about saying no recently, and it's something I've been thinking so much about. What are my real goals? What am I here to do? I teach 7-8 classes a day. All different levels, and I'm rushed and hurried and BUSY, but I'm here for STUDENTS. This is the only time they have first grade art or fifth grade art or adaptive art. This is it, there's no do-over, and I want it to be amazing and wonderful and fascinating for them (and for me, but that's a different post).
So I never want to lose that feeling of wonder and curiosity. I want to be excited for students who share good news and make new discoveries. If that means I don't help paint the staff bathroom or organize activities for a festival, that's perfectly okay. I need more time to regroup and rejuvenate, and so do you. Take that time and enjoy that time and remember your real priorities.
Art teacher on, friends, and remember that you are AWESOME.