Monday, January 30, 2012
I find that NSE students are taking better care of materials than the students at my other schools that share a table bucket. I've got more blue buckets so now I'm on the search for another shelf!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I have seen this lesson on so many sites so I have no idea where the credit goes for first invention, so thanks to many. I started this lesson with Kindergarten and realized how tracing our hands is tough. So I did something I rarely do and had first grade do the same lesson. I guess in 21st century terms we'll call it assessment. I review tracing skills by reminding them to have their pencil pointing towards the ceiling to avoid martian hands. Then we discuss cool colors and decorate our hands with those colors and aim for patterns. The next week we talk about warm colors and create our hearts, cut them out and add to paper. This lesson covers about half a dozen skill points and they love them...so do I
Thursday, January 19, 2012
mesmrswhitesclass.blogspot.com who gave me the idea for this bulletin board. When our district kicked off the new school year, teachers spent time "Tweeting" each other as part of our break out session. While I lOVE lots of technology I am still a bit old school and like paper and pencil in hand. My oldest son is a SUPER senior in architecture and I remember him telling me how some students struggled with perspective drawing because they had learned only in a computer program unlike Jeff who learned the way I did over 25 years ago. Just today I had a teacher ask me advice about her son's college direction and I always say, "Tons of kids want to be game designers or graphic designers, do them a favor and make them take a ceramics or sculpture class, they need to experience 3D, hands on." Okay, off my soapbox. This was just a fun idea and by 2:00 the board was FULL of ideas on how "Awesome" a teacher is or how a grade level "Rocks!" Oh, the How To, I drew the Twitter on colored paper and then cut 9" x 12 strips. They were laminated and I hung a wipe off marker on a string.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I can't wait for them to dry and for the students to glaze. Stay tuned for our final masterpieces!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
All three schools are finished with their owls. Seems like they go on forever but three schools and 200 4th graders takes a lot of time. For some crazy reason I had three grade levels in clay at the same time. The kilns were running non stop! Ha, I know better but I just love working with clay and it is a favorite of every student. I think it's because they get so much paper and pencil in class that they crave 3D stuff.