I want you to know yourself. I hope that my classroom was a place for you to explore your interest, hopes, feelings, and dreams. When I was a student, I was rarely asked what I was interested in or wanted to do. My classroom is the opportunity for you to use art to connect to your likes and interest. Beyond, knowing yourself...I want you to know yourself as an artist. What type of artist are you? I hope that you delve into all the experiences that I offer in the classroom to find your inner artist. What material do you prefer? What materials are you successful with?
That you should be proud of yourself. I have watched you pursue complex ideas, overcome challenges, and take risk. I hope that you see yourself grow and continue to seek out challenges.
That there are "two sides to the story". I hope that my class has taught you that sometimes there isn't a correct answer. I try to show you that art can be a powerful tool that can present various "sides of the story" or points of view. I want you to go to the world to use your own viewfinder to make your own analysis.
That kindness should be first. I hope that my class has taught you about working in a community of makers depends upon kindness. I have watched you work collaboratively with others, and find that kindness goes a long ways.
TAB classrooms should have visuals posted for students to refer to. Over the past few months, I found that my students were not using the visual aids. I removed all the posters from my room except for the 8 Studio Habits. I just wanted time to rethink visual aids and what would work best for my students.
I knew that I wanted to use technology and Seesaw. After some experimentation, I finally found a solution! I made a Google Slides with the steps.
Think of all the possibilities!
Here is a finished visual aid in my room. It was easy to create. I hung it inside my cabinet near the clay shelf.
Visit the Seesaw Blog to view the images I created for the clay center.
I'm ready to make a big jump into QR coding my classroom. I decided to start simple. I wanted to create small explanations on how to use each center. I will use these videos to introduce centers, help new students, and reinforce artistic behaviors with younger students.
I found these plastic frame at Office Depot for $2.00. I bought about 10 of them. I like them because they stand out at the center, and I can easily change them when needed.
I start my year with drawing. So, I made my first video about the drawing center. When students scan in they go straight to this video. I am very excited about the possibilities that QR codes can bring into the TAB art room. I have so many ideas! More to come on this subject.
k-5 Creative Design Teacher