Monday, February 8, 2016

Goings On As of Late

Wow, January has come and gone and we are fully into February now. Crazy. I have a whole new crop of kids this semester and am so enjoying a more organized classroom.

When I first started student teaching, I interned with an older teacher and she had her classroom organized down to the minute. It was impressive, she even had a student job who would let her know when five minutes were left in class. Yeah, I am still not that organized but I did gain a lot of insight from her.

One thing I stole, borrowed from her was her daily bell work and changed it up a bit to meet my needs. Art history and art vocabulary is something I struggle with incorporating naturally into my curriculum. When students come into my classroom, they have a daily question on the board pertaining to an artwork that we look at for the whole week (this week we are looking at Poppies at the Tower of London) ranging from vocabulary, to more thought provoking open ended questions. Not only does this get the kids ready to learn, but it also gives me time to greet each student at the door rather than worry about them being off task when they walk in. Students know what is expected of them and they definitely rise to the occasion. This semester we have also looked at Yayoi Kusama and Kehinde Wiley, Incorporating artists of today gets students excited about art happening around the world.

Last semester, I got busy at the beginning of the year and didn't follow through with bellwork, this led to an unorganized entrance to art, and it bad beginning to the start of our class hour. I made sure to restart this again this semester and it has worked really well.

Unrelated, here are some art history paper mache letters that my seventh grade students made last semester that turned out extremely well.

 My class this semester has been jumping into the Google Classroom world and I love it! What about you, what new things are you doing with your classroom this year?


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