I have to say that I am very happy with my decision to pursue a teaching job at the Art Institute. I’ve taught two courses for the past two weeks. It’s going very well so far.
My coworkers are easy to get along with. The support staff is very supportive.
My students are very engaged in the lessons. A couple of them sneak in online games and texting, but even they are keeping up with everything going on in class. A few ask some really great questions and show some real promise as designers.
The school seems to provide free pizza and drinks on a regular basis. Last Wednesday there was a presentation by the president of the school and a few of the staff members. They brought in so many pizzas that there were still stacks of them when I left an hour later. The school is growing, and has all kinds of plans for events and community-building. Love it.
My experience at AI is so go that I’d jump at the chance at a full load (4) classes if they offered it next quarter. My lack of a Masters may be an obstacle. If all continues to go well, I’ll have to finish up my Masters in teaching.
Business is slow for Blue Lobster Art, but may pick up after persistent marketing and networking efforts over the next few months. Money may be tight through the end of the year, but things are looking up!