Sunday, October 21, 2012

Art Is Important

Class Cards

another Great Classroom Mgmt from Cheryl at:

Using “Class Cards” as a man­age­ment tool is an idea I picked up from class man­age­ment guru, Rick Mor­ris. (If you’re not already famil­iar with Rick’s many teach­ing tools and tech­niques, be sure to visit his web­site, for a gold mine of ideas!) While this isn’t a tool spe­cific to art edu­ca­tors, I’ve found it help­ful in such a vari­ety of ways that I use it every day, with every class I teach.
“Class Cards” is a sim­ple and inex­pen­sive idea you can eas­ily add to your bag of tricks and see results right away.… noth­ing I’ve tried has worked bet­ter to pro­mote total class par­tic­i­pa­tion and involve­ment. All you do is take a deck of play­ing cards and write each student’s first and last name on one of the cards with a Sharpie. I sep­a­rate my cards by class, and hold them together with a rub­ber band, labeled with the teacher name and grade on a piece of col­ored card stock. Then I keep the cards for the class I’m teach­ing in my back pocket so I can quickly pull them out as I need them.
There are so many ways you can use “Class Cards” in the Art Room. Sim­ply shuf­fle the deck and turn over some cards when you need to ran­domly select stu­dents to…
  • answer ques­tions
  • par­tic­i­pate in class discussions
  • pass out supplies
  • col­lect supplies
  • vol­un­teer” for an activity
  • be a “teacher’s helper”
  • form groups
  • go to their seats after car­pet time (Kindergarten)
  • line up after class
Using “Class Cards” with 40+ new Kinder­garten­ers each fall helps me learn these new names in record time as I can call on them and instantly put faces with names.
It’s also fun to see how just tak­ing the cards out of my pocket and start­ing to shuf­fle them will get stu­dents’ atten­tion, as they antic­i­pate what I may be choos­ing some­one to do!
One of the best things about “Class Cards” is that you only have to make a card for each stu­dent one time. Just save your cards from year to year, then as stu­dents move to a new grade level you sim­ply re-group your last year’s cards into new classes. When stu­dents grad­u­ate or leave your school, they enjoy get­ting “their card” as a sou­venir of their time with you!
If you ever have the chance to take a work­shop with Rick Mor­ris, do it! You’ll come away inspired and infused with prac­ti­cal ideas that will make a dif­fer­ence in your class­room, no mat­ter what grade or sub­ject you teach. But, if that isn’t in the pic­ture for you, his books are a fan­tas­tic resource for many of the ideas he shares in his workshops .

Teach Kids Art...Cheryl

Great Classroom Management Idea....

I’m excited to share the best class­room man­age­ment tech­nique I’ve tried in years.… the “Mona! Lisa!” atten­tion sig­nal. I used this new tech­nique in all my K-8 classes this week, and it was even more suc­cess­ful than I had hoped for!

Kudos go to Tri­cia Fuglestad of Dry­den Art Fugle­blog for shar­ing this fan­tas­tic idea, which she learned from Scott Rus­sell. It’s a sim­ple call and response.… you say, “Mona!” and your stu­dents respond with “Lisa!”, and show you their best Mona Lisa pose: eyes on the teacher, mouths quiet, and hands still. (Yes, “mouths quiet”.… it really works — woo hoo!!!)

I announced to each of my classes that the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo Da Vinci, would be our class mas­cot this year. I have a small Mona Lisa print mounted on card­board which I placed on the white board tray. After prac­tic­ing our best Mona Lisa poses, we ran through the “Mona! Lisa!” call and response.

Then we prac­ticed. Through­out our class time, when­ever stu­dents got a lit­tle too loud, or I needed to get their atten­tion to give more instruc­tions, I used the “Mona! Lisa!” atten­tion sig­nal. Some­times I had to repeat “Mona!” a few times until I had everyone’s atten­tion, but it got bet­ter the more we prac­ticed. In the past, I tried every­thing from flick­ing the lights, to count­ing down from five, to clap­ping rhythms, to using chimes. But none of those tech­niques even came close to “Mona! Lisa!” for quickly get­ting stu­dents’ atten­tion. It was so easy — remark­able, really, in how well it worked.

Check out the Dry­den Art Fugle­blog for a down­load­able “How to be Mona-ificient” poster as well as a great poster for “Art Room Voice Lev­els”. And be sure to fol­low this cre­ative blog if you use an iPad or other tech­nol­ogy in your Art Room.… tons of inno­v­a­tive ideas here!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2012 Art Show

American Gothic

Mona Lisa (aka Ms. A.)

Mrs. C.

Cave Art 1st Grade

4th g. 3D Shapes with Values of Color

4th g. Weavings

Art SHow Display

3rd G. Stained Glass

2nd G. Picasso Portraits

5th g. Leaf in Wind

5th g. Birch Trees

3rd. G Textured Landscapes Hunderwasser

Knd Architects

3rd g. Laural Burch Cats

Knd Snow Children

Knd Monet WaterLilies