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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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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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Casting Workshop A Huge Success

Friday afternoon, Toby Flores and the Fort Hays State University sculpture department presented a casting workshop in our studio space. Earlier in the semester, I had made arrangments with Toby bring the FHSU mobile foundry to cast aluminum for our … Continue reading

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Constructivism in the classroom

With the new movie “Waiting on Superman” getting lots of press on NPR, Oprah, and NBC morning programming, I’ve been reading and listening to a great number of teachers and education reformers as they present what they think is the … Continue reading

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Apologies

Today was a good day to¬†apologize. Everyone has a load of stress they carry with them. I unloaded some of mine on a student yesterday. Today, I made it right. Not revolutionary but part of who I want to be. … Continue reading

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