I just wanted to thank everyone who replied to my last post, sent messages, offered advice. You all are great! I love the #education community! And to my new followers, welcome!
I just completed a 36 hour Professional Learning Community course offered through my county. What do I do now that it’s over? Register for three grad classes next semester. Two are online and are at separate times (Jan 13-March 10 and then March 17-May 12), and the other is only two weekends at the high school which is 2 minutes down the road… the first two weekends in April. That course overlaps the second online course, but it’s in the middle of online class #2… and as soon as the face-to-face class is over? Spring break.
I’m excited. Is it weird that part of that excitement is coming from the stress I know I’ll experience? Probably. This way I don’t have to commit to a master’s program, but if I do the MA in Education through this school the credits will apply to the degree. (If I choose another master’s program, I’ll be about 1/3 of the way towards my Master’s + 30.)
The courses? Differentiated Instruction, Cooperative Discipline, and Assessment Techniques: Assessing for Student Learning. They all sounded relevant/interesting. And I miss school.
Education: What do you have your Master’s in? How did you manage going to grad school while full-time teaching?
Alright #Education, how do you deal with cheaters?
I’ve got a couple of cheaters on a quiz, where its obvious that one looked at another’s paper. I have a pretty good idea of who did the actual copying but what about the people who let the copying happen?
But for real, contact both parents and make them re-do the quiz, or give them a 0 depending on your county’s policy. If it’s a first time offense I would be more likely to give them an opportunity to retake the quiz (but a different version). Maybe also have them write an essay about why cheating is wrong.
What is Thanksgiving, according to my (French) students:
"It’s to celebrate witches. They eat chicken and potatoes because witches got burn at Salem, and it is now generally seen as a bad idea. The chickens represent the witches being burned, and the potatoes is the wood."
"On Thanksgiving Day,…
The last one !!!
7th graders are studying Wayne Thiebaud and drawing donuts, cakes, cupcakes and candies with oil pastels. They’re turning out so great!!! Their color mixing is so great. We always spend a day practicing mixing all the colors with only primaries, making neutrals and doing a color value scale. The practice makes their actual color mixing on their projects way better!
We also read a scholastic magazine about Thiebaud’s work to give us context of what he was doing and why. (This also taught students vocabulary words such as positive/negative shape, juxtaposition, etc.)
I actually go to the store and buy real food and hot glue them to a box. Students are drawing from observation and because I set up the pieces, their compositions already have a decent starting point.
Last week students filled out those blue forms for American education week. They went to a teacher, counselor, whomever to say thanks. I got 14! So thankful for these sweeties. I hung then in the window to my room so everyone can see how much I appreciate my students. :)
Just a few comments:
"Thank you for teaching me about art history." "Thank you for being such a kind and loving teacher." "Thank you for teaching me how to draw a donut." (7th graders are learning about Wayne Thiebaud and are drawing donuts, cakes, cupcakes & candies!)
A few photos of my classroom. I moved in and have made only a few changes. The last art teacher did an amazing job of organizing the room. I did change up the seating arrangement and moved where some of the supplies are stored.
Everyone comes in and says, ” I love your high ceilings” They are great except the noise reverbs around like crazy! If they are a middle level in a normal room, it so loud in my room. I can physically feel the reverb on my hair. I am not kidding. The only other issue is the HVAC is not sized to handle the extra square footage my room has, so always hot. But look at those amazing views! The light and space is great.
What state do you teach in?! My room is nothing like this, but I’m in a really old building that hasn’t been renovated ever…still has asbestos and window units…no central air. :(
My advanced digital kids are using bamboo tablets to do digitally drawn self portraits. They are using a photo as reference, but still need to color in everything/blend the colors/draw pieces.
This is mine! I love the bamboo tablets. I don’t own one, and had never used one a lot before, but I’ve been working on this with it and now I kind of want a tablet of my own.
My Intro class is doing a printmaking project while their face vases are fired. To introduce them to the concept of printmaking they made these little initial/name designs.
This project is awesome and here’s why:
- it introduces the basic concept of printmaking, which many of them haven’t done before
- they see that they will be making a mirror image of their design
- they learn to use all of the materials and can mess up before they do their real project
- they figure out how much ink they need and how frequently they have to clean their plate
- they learn to transfer an image onto a plate
- the learn how to put words and letters in their prints without it printing backwards (some of my seniors still forget that concept.)
- they learn to mix colors
- it only took two and a half class periods
- the prints still look pretty awesome!
I asked the students to write down one thing they learned or would need to remember when they do their big printmaking project. Here are some responses:
"I learned that you have to wash your print and the ink tray a lot or else the print will appear faded. Next time I will make sure to do this so my prints will appear nice and solid."
"Taking extra time to carve pays off."
"I learned not to use too much or too little ink."
Next week they will start a larger reduction print. Hopefully taking the time to do this little warm up will pay off!
Practicing before starting the “real” projects ALWAYS pays off.