"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.
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.
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