Teaching IB Visual Arts this year has been great: a whopping giant learning curve, but great.
To those of you out there just starting up with IB VA, here are the three things that got me through the panic and stress and into developing a high-quality program and accompanying resources:
1. I was able to complete my certification online during the early months of 2020. At the time, we were still in school and I was able to ask questions of my school's IB Art Teacher and look through some student work examples to get a deeper understanding of the program's requirements. Those in-person, informal discussions were SO helpful (as are our continued texts and emails.) Kudos to more experienced teachers coming alongside of rookie teachers.
2. The Facebook IB Art Teacher groups were another lifeline. I would highly suggest joining one or two of those as teachers there are so generous with their time and answers.
3. My school provided me with a subscription to InThinking and I cannot imagine having to create an IB art curriculum without that amazing resource.
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