I was on Colorado Public Radio discussing about innovation in classrooms. I had one line! I am so happy that they were covering this topic to bring more awareness to what is happening in schools.
What to integrate computer programming in your classroom?
There is this great site called SCRATCH. Students can drag blocks of code to program characters. It very easy to use and fun. I had 2nd graders doing it with no problems.
There is a "Learn how to make a Scratch program" tutorial. I suggest starting there.
It's amazing to see what is important to students. This project has helped them synthesize their ideas by using different strategies. There are some amazing ideas. Check it out!
I also had them create a shopping list of items they need to create their art. I went shopping for the students that needed some unique items.
I just completed my 2018-19 curriculum plan. Most of my themes are the same, it will just look different on how I teach it to each grade. I included some "continuous themes". These will rotate depending on what I am teaching for the day. Maybe we are learning a new technology tool or something new in the studio. These are just themes that I feel I repeat throughout the year. I aligned with the national standards. When I align standards with my themes, I try to align with a few main/overarching standards though I might be teaching multiples of standards within that unit.
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I was introduced to this idea by Dale Zalmstra. Dale's tool ring version included Elements of Art, Principle of Design, and techniques. I plan on including those on my version as well. I added the component of self-tracking and reflection. I believe that if I am giving my students choice they need to be responsible for tracking what they are doing and reflecting on their progress.
Here is how the tool rings work.
1) Artist Tool Ring Center
I created a center in my room to store supplies and each classes rings. I keep copies for the tool rings and extra rings here. The white baskets hold each classes tool rings. I like that the tool rings are smaller compared to sketchbooks. Makes it a bit easier to store.
2) Class Procedure
Usually I will set out the classes tool rings like this, so that they can find them a bit faster. I have students visit their tool ring every day. I tell them that if they are still working with the same project they just add the date to the top. If they are working on a new idea they get a new paper. Here is a 2nd Grade example below:
3) Filling Out Tool Rings
It can usually take 5-10 minutes or faster for students to fill out their plans. It does take some practice. My students are improving at it. I keep this picture on my whiteboard to help them remember how to do it. There is a video below of students working on their tool rings.
*I debated on putting Express along with Observe. We have been working with Observe this year as a class. So, I decided to leave it. I am sure that there can be many different ways to create this type of tracking.
This tool ring has a big purpose! It helps us reflect!
I decided to create a Google Forum for 3-5th grade students to fill out to reflect on their tool rings. They reflect on successful project, what they can improve, effort, what centers they used, and studio habits used. I typed comments back to them on the spreadsheet and print those. I staple them to their tool ring papers. Click the picture to go the forum.
CLICK HERE TO GET A PDF of the Tool Ring Pages
The best part is I made them so six fit on one paper.
Watch for the next post about Perspective and Space on tool rings!
When did finished product become the evidence of students knowledge?
What about practice and process? The real authentic learning experience of art. Here is a video I made that looks at a class in work, and discusses all the skills that are happening.
Some time back I introduced my students to play dough circuits. I did this to help them understand circuit basics. I was hoping that some of them would want to challenge themselves in creating art that incorporated circuits. I had a 3rd grade boy that wanted to make his robot light up this week. So, we got to work. This is how we did it.
3V Disc Batteries
#1 Figure out placement for the LED light and battery. Place two lines of copper tape for the negative and positive currents.
#2 Construct a battery holder. My student figured out how to place his copper tape and where the battery should go. I had to help with this part. I cut two pieces of cardboard. One piece fits the battery nice and snug. The other piece will just hold the battery in place.
#3 Next, I had to configure the placement for the battery holder over one of the copper lines. The other copper line will have a hinge that will become a button. I used a small rectangular piece of cardboard to create the button. I added copper tape the back of the hinge. (Remember to not let the copper lines touch each other!)
#4 I added the LED light with some electrical tape. (Remember the longer end is positive!)
Test it before moving on.
I recommend buying the supplies from Amazon. The LED lights are pretty cheap and it made it easy to have everything delivered to me. I keep my LED lights in a jewelry box to keep them organized.
I am wondering what my students are going to come up with next.
Give me more ideas on creating these guides. I hope they are helpful.
"I'm done. What should I do now?" I know that we have all heard it. By setting up a share or reflection center in your room it gives that routine and structure for kids. When I hear my students say that, I send them to the share center to fill out an artist statement or photograph their work. I also keep their planning sheets here. So, they know what to do next!
#2) Keeps me organized
I keep art to display organized in this center. It HELPS me so much when it is time for art show. This center is next to my desk. I like having it away from the students work area. You could even consider having the students mat and tag their art for you.
#3) Meeting a standard
By having my students reflect, I am meeting state and national standards.
Check out the YouTube video to see how my share center is set up.
A simple answer is through choice. I allow my students to research and explore art history through the web. They answer a few simple questions about some art. I added a twist this year. They have to make art inspired by the art research they completed. There are some really neat projects in progress. I am currently doing this with 3rd-5th grade.
Some of the photos posted are just of students practice or models for their final. I really pushed Envision with this project. I encourage them to find their own way of planning. They just had to write a sentence objective by using the Studio Habits of Mind rings that I implement.
I am also having them created websites to reflect their learning on this project. I hope to share some of those too.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher
Quotes from students about TAB
Kids Art Links