Hello Creative Critters and Creative Wranglers alike! I’ve been extra quiet on this space lately because I have been setting up a brand new blog to document my professional reflections during my graduate school experience (I will shortly begin the Low Incidence Disabilities Special Education program at the University of Washington’s College of Education.) I’ve written a few posts over there and tethered all my social media; the only task left to do is say a proper good bye to Creative Critters Art.
I kind of fell into early art explorations when there was a need in my classroom. While evidently I do have some passive Martha-Stewart-gene in my genetic make up, I’ve never really considered myself a creative person. This year I learned so much about art, early creative expression, how to focus on process, and the importance of child-drive, agency building art exploration! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with co-teachers who were able and willing to let me develop this curriculum to the very best of my ability. While I can’t say where my graduate school adventures will take me, I can promise that I will not be one of those teachers who does not value authentic creative expression opportunities. Art will always have power in my classroom; I couldn’t have said that before this year and this blog.
For all my future adventures and learning, you can find me at my new blogging home: An Exceptional Education. I’m going to join the edu-blogger community on the Blogspot platform to see how I like it (Google has a higher potential for views and reader interactivity.) Additionally, I will continue to utilize my various social media accounts (and the name Mama Cascio), so feel free to connect with me on Twitter, Pinterest, or on my brand new Instagram! I can already tell it’s going to be a crazy, whirlwind of a year with practicum placement and intense coursework. I’m looking forward to the intimate professional learning community I’m about to join (my cohort has a whopping 9 students in it!) and I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to special education classrooms.
And thank you so much for participating in my journey on Creative Critters Art. Reflective blogging has become so important to my professional development; I can’t wait to see what skills and tricks I will learn in my next blogging venture.