Author Archives: Mr. Miller

About Mr. Miller

I teach Visual Arts in La Junta, Colorado. I am also an artist and printmaker. But more importantly, I am a husband and father to a beautiful and inspiring family.

Art Vocab Cards

Today we tried the critique process using Art Vocab Cards. My classes have seven students, so I selected sixteen of the cards that most applied to the work at hand. I passed out two cards to each student, then held … Continue reading

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Poetry in the Art Room

I’m bringing back a lesson that has been both successful, and wildly unsuccessful in the past. I’m asking my students to read poetry with me in class, then illustrate the poems as part of the interpretation process. Our goal is … Continue reading

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AP Summer Intensive

At the end of July, I attended a summer class for teachers who offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses through College Board. The workshop was packed with great information and teaching ideas that should make every student better at thinking and … Continue reading

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You don’t know what you don’t know

Jr. High art is learning about observation and recording detail for drawing what they see. Today we learned that we cannot list all of the things we don’t know about because we don’t know all the areas where we are … Continue reading

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Student Driven Curriculum

Everyone wants students to “own” their learning. It is in the latest books. It gets bounced around at staff and leadership meetings. I have set through countless PD sessions where describing students graphing their data and growth. It sounds great, … Continue reading

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Yesterday was the Trans-Am/Dakar Rally/Tour de France of teaching. A full day of teaching followed by an evening of parent conferences, a room tour for a local business, and my regular late night Wednesday college drawing class. 14 hours of … Continue reading

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A New Semester, A New Approach

Today, I am grading the first batch of assignment/assessments for my Art II and Advanced Art classes. Instead of starting with a huge project that only assessed a single standard, I began this semester with three 4″ x 5″ painting … Continue reading

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The Day of Reckoning Has Arrived

Standards Based Assessment and Recording has been a success this semester. There are always bumps with any system, but talking to kids today and yesterday as part of our final grade reporting has made me think that the students get … Continue reading

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Authentic Assessment

How in-depth and accurate are the assessments in your classroom? For most of my career as an Art teacher, I have prided myself on having what I thought were some of the most authentic assessments in any curriculum in our … Continue reading

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Standards based assessment in practice

This first semester has been a huge experiment in the 2D art classroom. Each assignment has been structured to meet specific standards. Each standard has been evaluated at some point during the semester. From those statements, you’d assume that everything … Continue reading

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