Monday, December 23, 2013
You have til midnight to enter the contest. Get those kids working on this fun winter break activity! Great prizes for the winners. Visit www.animationchefs.com for details.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Seriously though, time is tight. And when you add other things into the mix besides just the art it really puts the pressure on. One simple thing that has really helped with integrating Marzano's Instructional Model into my classroom is the exit slip.
Element 13: What do I typically do to help students reflect on their learning? One strategy suggested for this element is using exit slips at the end of class in an effort to get students to respond to questions about their learning immediately after the teacher is done. Here's how I do it.
I currently use two types of exit slips. One says "Tell me three new things you learned today". The other says "Tell me one thing you liked about class, and one thing you would have liked done to help you understand the lesson".
Depending on the grade I am teaching I mix it up a bit. Obviously I wouldn't have 1st graders write out 3 new things because they would never get it done in time. For them we might write three new words.
Exit slips are a great way to monitor the student's understanding of new knowledge. Try them out in your class. You'd be surprised what some of your students have to say.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
What's on the menu today? Turkey, stuffing, and and mashed potatoes with gravy! A little protein and a lot of carbs.
And for dessert I'll dive into the all the sweet treats my students have been bringing me all week long.
This is a great time of year for all of us to show appreciation to each other. Stop by your students table at your next lunch break. They'll love it!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Jingo is a great Art related bingo game I picked up a few years ago. I have two versions. One features famous artists and the other features items related to the artist's studio. It's a fun game for the students because bonus points are given for each game's winners. I sneak some education in there by quizzing the students as we go for double bonus points.
Here's an example: I read the description of either an artist or the item listed on the card. Students raise their hand when they think they know the answer. I remind students they are not to guess...I tell them that if I am reading them the description it must mean that we learned about this in class. It's wonderful when my students are able to access information they learned in previous years and apply it.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Monday, December 9, 2013
No device or internet?
Try 'unplugged' computer science
I used the My Robotic Friends lesson with 3rd - 5th graders.
It is slow going but they LOVED becoming programmers and robots for this lesson. Since I only see each class for 40 minutes we still leave the class as beginners. But it was enough to get them excited about coding and eager to check out the Code.org website.
To encourage them even more to keep up with the Hour of Code after they left my class I offered extra points for any students who participated in activities on the website.
Recommendations for a class short on time: KISS! (Keep it Simple Silly)
The Binary Baubles lesson I taught to my K - 2nd graders.
Even Kindergartners were excited to learn code with this great lesson.
I did tweak it for the different ages to keep the lesson challenging enough to keep them interested but not too challenging to make the goal achievable.
Highlight of the day: Sit and Stand Binary Code! 2nd graders did really well the the binary code so I thought I would throw in some movement. I grouped teams of 9 students who had to form a letter based on the code. We made colored in boxes sit and empty boxes stand. One student stand in the middle of the line with their hand raised. This person is the space. The rest of the class has to figure out what letter they are as quickly as they can. This was the best activity of the day by far. I LOVED it!
Click the Hour of Code icon below for a direct link to their website.
Let's get these kids coding!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
No device or internet? Try 'unplugged' computer science!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
"Because We Can" is a GREAT song by Bon Jovi.
We use it as our theme song in the Art Room.
Our favorite lines?
I don't want to be another wave in the ocean.
I am a rock not just another grain of sand.
This is especially relevant in Art. Why? You're students know. Just ask them. :-)
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
And make one of these cool movie shorts with your own family!
Doctor Who meets Van Gogh, a set on Flickr.
My Art Room has merged with the TARDIS this year bringing my students the ultimate time traveling experience. For us, TARDIS stands for "The Art Room Discovers Incredible Skills".
Check out my Doctor Who meets Van Gogh set on Flickr to see what happens when my students Learning Goal is...Incorporate Doctor Who's TARDIS with Van Gogh's Sunflowers to create a unique piece of Contemporary Art. Brilliant!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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Friday, October 18, 2013
First I thought about the characters. They are for the most part aliens. And then my mind wondered...what is alien in art? Art that is foreign to us. Art that to us is not really art. What language do these aliens speak on Doctor Who and what is the language of art. Can we understand all the languages in a piece of art. Do we have to know the language to understand the meaning?
The Cybermen are evil aliens. Why do we see them as bad? Is it because they want everyone to be like them? Conformity and assimilation is their goal. For creative people this is the opposite of what we strive for. Creativity NOT Conformity!
The Doctor says "I don't have anything to lose". What do we have to lose as Artists? Don't be afraid to make "happy accidents". This is art we have nothing to lose. You are making something out of nothing. That in itself is Extraordinary! Let the creativity flow we have nothing to lose.
"Fantastic!" "Brilliant!" "Be Extraordinary!" All words used by the Doctors. All words we should think about in art. When encouraging my students I use these words. At the beginning of the year I asked them if anyone had ever said they were extraordinary in school. And usually no. The answer is NO. Because we don't have time during the school day for "Extraordinary".
But we do in that Art Room. In my TARDIS (The.Art.Room.Discovers.Incredible.Skills) we have all the time in the world. The sky is not the limit. There is not limit. In Doctor Who they travel throughout the universe in space and time. Is the universe ever finished...will our art ever be finished. Who says it has to be finished. Art does not have to be finite. Is that scary? Are we scared of the unknown.
Doctor Who himself is an alien. He regenerates, transforms into a new Doctor. How does our art regenerate? How do our students transform throughout the years and how does their art evolve? It's a constant evolution in Doctor Who and for our students and ourselves it's the same. We are all regenerating or transforming throughout our lives. The show is a creatively colorful and entertaining representation of the evolution of ourselves. And not necessarily throughout thousands of years. But throughout our own lifetime. Isn't that fantastic? Isn't that brilliant. That we are constantly changing.
Aren't our lives in fact extraordinary?
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I'm not just teaching them art. I'm teaching them the art of THINKING. And we all know this as art teachers but, as I evaluate myself by recording my lessons and watching them multiple times it seems to be so much deeper.
Teaching them to think. To think. To think. Not to memorize. But to think. These are life lessons they are learning in the Art Room. And it's not like teaching them in Math or other disciplines where the pressure is on because the test is coming. It's a relaxed setting where they test themselves by trying to interpret the information they are seeing.
They want to know. They want to learn. They want to open their minds to new things. And it's hard. And it tickles. And they scratch their heads and they FIGURE IT OUT! Because they are given the opportunity to really use their minds and THINK! And it natural and organic and it comes from them.
And they leave this class with their mind a little more open. The machines a little stronger. Their brains functioning a little higher. And every time they come in it's a little more and a little more. And they know they can think. And they know they can figure things out. And they know they art THINKING! Because I have helped them learn what real thinking is. And this is what I am teaching them.
Creativity NOT Conformity!