Wow... It has been months since my last post and tons of changes have happened in my life and my classroom. To start out My girlfriend and I just bought our first house. We bought a hundred year old brick - 1 story house in the town I teach. The house had that "charm" that drew me to it the first time I drove past it (as they were putting the sign in... it was fate). The interior hasn't changed in over a hundred years and has an amazing amount of potential with the original hardwood floors, wood trim and foot high wood baseboards at the foot of every room. I love this house and it has been an amazing journey that I am happy to be sharing with Maggie. 

I want to secondly apologize for not posting anything in the last three month. At the end of the last school year I agreed to coach the varsity soccer team at the high school in my school district. I knew it would come with a lot of work, but that was an understatement. I loved every minute of it, but the planning, dealing with parents, stats, games, and practices began to catch up to me. 

To top off these two life changes... My school district moved me from two schools to THREE schools. I was nervous at first that I wouldn't be able to handle all these changes and then be stretched to three school, but I couldn't be more excited and proud of the work my students are doing and the way I have adjusted to the new way of teaching/ moving to three schools in as span of one day, everyday!
My school district moved the fifth graders to the middle school... this meant they needed someone to teach them. I went from seeing each fifth grade class once a week last year, to once a day for 35 minutes for one semester. Last year at this time I was finishing my first project with my fifth grade, now I have four lessons done and the students are learning so much more.

So excited to show you the lessons so far this year, and the projects to come!


  1. Congrats on the new house, Matt! If you love her, PUT A RING ON IT! Ha! So cool that you get to see your 5th graders EVERY DAY! Jealous! Can't wait to see your student work.


  2. Just stumbled upon your blog by way of blog hopping. Glad to find another male art teacher to add to my blogroll! (Why are there so few of you guys?) Congratulations on your new house and I am excited to see when your coaching season slows down a little to enjoy what you will be posting on your blog!

  3. That house is amazing from the outside!! Love the character!!!!!!! Glad you are happy with the teaching situation....thankful for people like you out there teaching in all those schools?!?! I guess I'm spoiled being at one school for the past 12 yrs!


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