I'm packing up two art rooms this year. Like, packing up everything in the art room. We have construction in one building so every speck of everything needs to be moved out by the last day of class and the other building is housing summer school so I need to clear all out of that room as well. Which means I have had to be creative on what I leave unpacked and what we are doing as the year counts down.
With 75 boxes packed in one room and no end in sight I decided to end the year with The Marshmallow Challenge. If you haven't heard about the Marshmallow Challenge you can get all the specifics here and you can even check out a great lesson plan here.
I was tired of referring to color wheels that I wasn't in love with so I made my own. I'm still tweaking it and I already have plans to change some things but it's nice to have one that fits my exact (or close to exact) needs. I especially like the warm and cool color part at the bottom.
In my search for information on common core and how it will influence fine arts education I've been looking deeper into assessment.
I've developed a rubric that I've been fairly satisfied with so far and have been using for about 5 years. I use the rubric at the completion of a project with 3-5 graders and it includes a checklist of expectations, a self assessment table, and usually a few short answer questions. An example of one can be seen here.
Like many educators and parents across America, the common core whispers have turned into talk, even shouts. I've been listening. I've started to read more and gather more concrete information about how the common core relates to me and the way I teach art to elementary students.
Here are a few resources that I've found to be helpful:
I love to read. I love books, I like the art of conversation, and I'm in awe of people that use words to their fullest potential. I always encourage students to use "big" words. Whether students are talking about their own art or describing their weekend, it's exciting to hear them drop in an extra credit spelling word.
I have a list of "extra credit" art words on the wall near my supplies. These extra credit words are actually worth no point value but do earn you a nod of encouragement and acknowledgement and sometimes a round of applause in the art room.
I sometimes recognize a student's use of a new vocabulary word by adding it to our list.
We regularly talk about famous artworks as well as our own or other classmates artwork in class. I always point out the vocab wall and even run through definitions before hand so kids are encouraged to use words in the correct manner. I'm always adding words to our wall but below is a document that will get you started if you are so inclined to start one of your own. Any other suggestions of "extra credit" words to add to our classroom list?
I saw a sign similar to this posted on a Panera community board. I replicated it and hung it in my classroom. It's interesting to see which students gravitate towards it and which ones stay clear. It's also very interesting which ones actually take "a chance". If you want to hang one in your classroom, here is the link to the document.