Friday, March 22, 2013
It is always great to have your students engaged in what they are learning....It is even better to have them experience a little bit of fear, nervousness and anxiety when making some art ;-) Sixth graders, particulary, are in a whirlwind of crisis on a daily basis. Just this morning, a young lady had streams of tears coming down from her face because a friend sent her an unkind text message. And all she was trying to do was get on the bus.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday afternoon, I was sitting around a kitchen table with blonde haired, blue eyed, 5 year old lovable little girl...having some fun with some educational card games. Amongst the commotion and the games, a discussion began about education and "what they should really do". The infamous "They", who is undefined and ambiguous. As I sat there and listened....and listened and listened...(remember 5%) I thought of the notion of literacy (being literate) and how, apparently, everyone is an expert and everyone has a clear understanding of education and what "they should do". "They should just get rid of all the old teachers and bring in some young blood". "They'll find other jobs". (which makes me laugh out loud, literally). I proceeded to count coins and create patterns with my little girl, as the conversation progressed and my tolerance thinned. At one point, I was having an out of body experience, seeing myself turn to these gentlemen and looking at them dead in the eyes and saying "you're an __________ idiot".
But I didn't.
Instead, I turned away from the flash cards and the 5% came out, calmly and teacher-like, "Maybe you should know more about educational policy, reform and state laws, instead of all this chitter-chatter about something you don't know much about" (making the chatting gesture with my left hand). At which time, SURPRISE! and a hush blankets the kitchen.
And you may wonder why I didn't say more, or take a really active role in the conversation. I have discovered that trying to have a thoughtful discussion with people that know "what they should do", only resolves in my blood boiling and their intolerable ignorance inflated....offering no conclusion and in the end, I'm just a teacher. What the hell do I know!
So, here's my 95%. "Thanks for the incredible insight and knowledgeable approach to a behemoth of a complicated topic but from now on....let the professionals do the heavy lifting. Good effort, though."
PS. Oh, and we'll try not to have another snow day, as to not disrupt your schedule. Because that's what the goal is...right? (insert word that defines this person here....)
xoxo, SMocK you.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
|challenge found on pinterest|
Part of what stumps people from creating something is what to do. As an art teacher I hear this quite often in my art room. "I don't know what do to!!!!", said, of course with a passionate whine. Currently, my 6th grade students are designing and executing independent projects. A bit of a selfish act, I must confess. After 6 years of teaching them all they need to know about art (well, as much as can be squeezed into an hour a week), I decided to put myself in "time out". I declared my students' independence in their art making and my liberation of telling them what do to. Incredibly enough, 6th grade students do not like either option.
For the amount of work they are responsible for completing, they are taking this creative challenge quite well. Even expressing enthusiasm and personal investment.
Now, I challenge you, your students, your children and your friends....
make something everyday.
Step ONE: One sketch, doodle, drawing a day.....spend 10 minutes, 30 minutes...5 hours. Just draw....on a napkin, on a piece of paper, in you daily a calendar, in a meeting ;-)
Step TWO: take a snapshot
Step THREE: share your drawing. Post your artwork on the SMocK Facebook page
Take the challenge and see what you discover.
xoxo, SMocK you.