Mundane Musings

Do you think all that have ever lived this life on earth have felt the disparity of what we think we can or want to become and where we end up finding ourselves? We want to fly and leap over all that gets in our way to achieve our dreams and goals. Yet, here we are. And even those few that may reach a greatness of some kind beyond their wildest dreams…well, they can’t just stay there. They still have the day-to-day stuff. And history shows that life can even become hardest and saddest for those people, can’t it? Back in 1980, Amy Grant’s song, “All I Ever Have to Be,” resonated deeply in my heart. She poetically sang of this struggle. I realized my struggle was common and shared by others. A

Teacher Talk

I want to encourage you to make the most of your interactions with your students. Here are some bullet-points from past discussions in my art curriculum classes of possible questions and strategies to use with students under each of the studio habits of mind identified in Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by L. Hetland, et al. (2013). Engage and Persist Focus to complete Do you think you want to get rid of all this work to start over? Could you complete by deadline? What changes could you do? What would make you happy with your work? What interests you? How could you incorporate it? What is the outcome you want? Would you like for me to help you more outside of cl

The Art of Designing Lessons

Have you considered how lesson planning is much like artmaking? Just like a work of art—all elements of the lesson (i.e. knowledge, skills, relevancy, resources, materials, instruction, assessments) should be a result of deliberate decisions that support your goals and objectives for your particular students. Just like a work of art you can’t just throw in things just because you like it, or found it, or thought it interesting—it all needs to work together. I encourage you to consider the Art Principles of Design and apply them to your lesson planning. Emphasis. Have you identified the most important elements of your lesson? How will you make them stand out? Unity and Variety. What do the el

Loom Lessons Continue

I wrote of broken warp threads in previous post. I want to add two afterthoughts. Number 1: When talking about classroom management (and, really, lots of things in life), I’ve heard many “experts” say things like; “you can’t put that toothpaste back in the tube!” or “it’s impossible to get back on track!” once you “lose control.” If we go back to my warp analogy… the picture for this post is a close-up of a part of my weaving where the broken warps were located. I had to just cut off the broken ones. They were too weak to even tie new yarns onto. I just continued to weave through the gaps. And you know what? Those areas are still a weaker weave, but those gaps exposed more of my weft threads

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