I have been making flip rings of the Studio Habits for my students. These are the lifeline of my class. I have been using this method for years with my students. I even used it when I taught middle school, and had great success. I have created two rings for my elementary kids 2nd-5th. One ring is used for reflection. So, to write artist statements, assessments or quick checks. The objective rings are for setting goals and personal objectives. Yep! Students writing their own objectives. I have had students doing that for some years. It works great aligned with the habits. Plus, their reflections seem better when they set goals.
Here is my video. Don't mind my boys in the background!
Remember I have been working with habits for over three years with my students. I stress that this is the culture in my classroom. My students and I model, discuss, practice and point out habits everyday. It is a common language. I have the students create the description and symbols for each habit. This is not something that I just give to them.
I shared copies below. We are starting Express this week, so I will soon add it to the Google slides.
It's almost Halloween! I was noticing all of the glow sticks on sale at the store, so I decided to do some light painting with my students. I bought the app "Slow Shutter" for $2.00. It was well worth the purchase. The settings were fairly easy to use with some practice. I just showed the kids how to turn up the light sensitivity and blur adjustments. My plan is to have them practice in my room, and then we will go to the gym on an overcast day to light paint with the Sphero. I haven't had the students save their images yet. I will share when I do, but they loved this project.
I showed them this video to get them excited about it.
My school has school wide rules. They are be respectful, responsible, and safe. This year we added two additional rules of be kind and a learner. I saw Tricia Fugelstad's lesson "How to be kind". I knew I had a prefect integration opportunity. I had 1st & 2nd graders do this project to introduce them to the green screen.
I explained that we were creating hearts for the green screen. One boy said, "So, we are cutting them out for our video". Using the green screen is really like magic to them! Here are two results for this project.
I had students draw their own hearts. I encouraged them to be creative with their designs. I helped them use the Do Ink Green Screen app to get their images on the screen for the video.
We used the Do Ink Animation App for the animated hearts. It was really easy for the kids to do.
Our first theme is expressive art. I plan on spending one day on this with 4th & 5th Grade. Expressive art is a 1st Grade standard so we will review what it is and learn how to plan for this type of art. I will have them complete the Envision guides I made on Canva in Seesaw.
My Expressive Art Video
Student Envision Guides
Goodbye, Stretch & Explore.
My students were sad to say goodbye. I would say that this is one of my favorite Studio Habits.
This week was all about assessment. We will move on to Develop Craft.
There has been request of videos of my instruction.
Here is one of how I introduce centers. This particular day was the grand opening of sculpture. I do not let students have glue or tape to start it is earned. So, I demonstrate how to do attachments without glue.
I am ending our Stretch & Explore section on my lesson plans. I am going to introduce my students to a single point rubric. I have learned a few things about using rubrics. I was tired of students just randomly selecting a number and having no actual thought or reflection about their art. It was silly! I came across the idea of a single point rubric from the Cult of Pedagogy website. I ran with this idea. I liked the idea of only presenting students with the highest achievement or criteria possible. Also, they have to write and be reflective. I added a grade section below for the students to write in what grade they think they deserve based on their reflection.
Stretch & Explore Single Point Rubric
It's official! My students and I are creating a podcast about the classroom.
The first episode is posted.
I will be using this as a reflection tool. So, my eposides will be reflecting on my students perspectives and thoughts. Enjoy.
I opened the sculpture center this week. I start my students with no glue! They have to earn it by learning attachments without glue first. I just have them use cardboard scraps and attachment piece to start.
Here is all about the Clay and Sewing Center. I still trying to get caught up from being so sick! Next week, we move on to sculpture center. What happens after all the centers are open? We move on to a new Studio Habit of Mind: Develop Craft.