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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Couple of Questions....



How the art teacher feels, when her 14 year old daughter, while working on a packet for her Intro to Art class says," The primary colors are red, yellow and green, right?"  I just stared at her in complete dismay... her reaction was, " What? Not right?" " Don't look at me like that Mom! The last time I learned this was a long time ago! I don't study the color wheel you know!" Next was, " What are the secondary colors again?" and " What the heck is a hue?" " How do you get an intermediate color?"  Needless to say I began to go into teacher mode and explain to her how the color wheel works... mind you she was looking at a page in her art textbook and the answers were staring right at her... I could see them on the page from across the room... by the time we were done she knew how to navigate the color wheel ( not that she wanted a lesson, she just wanted the answers, sorry, she got a lesson on to figure it out for herself...) ( I kept randomly quizzing her all night... she really loved that... not...)

This brings me to the never ending questions I have been discussing with colleagues all school year... 
1.)  The kids want all the answers handed to them, they don't want to think... how do we get them to start thinking for themselves? I have spent a lot of time this year working on questioning and discussion to get my kids at school to start thinking and figuring out the answers for themselves.  I find my younger kids K-3d are more willing and receptive than my older kids 4th and 5th to think for themselves and discuss, but we are working on it.

2.) I know I teach certain facts/techniques and at the time the kids will know it. If I ask the same questions a month later some will remember but a lot will act like we have never discussed it before! How do we get the kids to retain for the long term what it is we are teaching them? How can we as teachers get them to remember these facts and not just memorize them temporarily while they need them and then throw them out of their head when we move on to something new? Usually it will take some prodding and reminders to remember something we have learned in the past. How do we change how we are presenting our material so that it sticks in their heads? 

Any ideas? Anyone else find this with their students also? Any ideas on why this is? Talk to me down in the comments! I'm curious what you all have to say!  :)
Update: Just as I ask you all about how to get our students to think I see this post by Krissy at Venspired .  I found Krissy's blog a few years ago, read what she has to say about how to get our kids to think. I love her thoughts( amazing, thought provoking thoughts ) on education and how to teach our kids to be creative thinkers.



Still working on my "superpower" T for next Friday at school... stitching around each letter is taking FOREVER... after a while it's making my eyes go buggy so I have to stop and give it a rest...  Most of the stitching is going into the "creative" box, the rest will just get simple outline stitches...


Finally in the home stretch with my shawl... on the final edging now... getting tired of this one, I need to move on...


                                 I really need to go do errands but I'm not feeling it...

                                              I'm stuck in snooze mode today..........
                                                             Mrs."C"  :)
           

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lazy and Doing What I Want...




Laying around and enjoying my Spring Break! 
I am absolutely, totally, 100% alone and loving it! Everyone is either at work or school...

I am happily stuck in the house today, drinking way too much coffee! I need to switch to tea as I am feeling just a wee bit too jittery from caffeine overload. Tea caffeine doesn't bother me, coffee caffeine sets me loopy! 


My pussy willow tree has bloomed and is starting to bud leaves, the Forsythias are trying to bloom ( we had a cold snap last week after two days of 70 degree F weather, it actually snowed a half an inch Tuesday night with 5 degree F wind chills!) Yesterday was gorgeous and sunny! Most of the week is looking the same way! 


I have been living in the same jeans for the past couple of days and they are now all stretched out and super comfy... ( admit it, you do the same thing...) I'm going no where today, as my car is at the tire center getting much needed attention. They are putting on 4 new tires. I have needed tires all winter, but you know, life kept getting in the way and other things needed to be addressed first. My tires had become pretty desperate though and I quote Ralphie from, A Christmas Story, " My old man's tires were actually tires in the academic sense. They were round and once made of rubber." Yeah, that was my tires, sadly... They are also putting on new brakes, fixing the alignment ( NJ is pot hole hell this year... the town just filled the caverns and craters on the  joining road to my street yesterday. I noticed when I started to do the daily strategic, swerve around the pot holes yesterday afternoon  :)  Our roads are literally swiss cheese... ) and doing an oil change. ( Update: garage called, lot's of little things wrong causing all the quirks my car had going on... maybe not getting that new refrigerator just yet...  :(  


I went to Michael's to pick up a few things I needed to make this t-shirt.  The Friday back from Spring break is " Show your Super Power Day" as 3d-5th grade is getting ready to start State testing, NJASK the following week. This is the last year for NJASK, next year NJ will be implementing the PARCC test ( Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) ( that be a lot of words... ) I ironed some light interfacing to the inside to stabilize the shirt for sewing the fabric on the front and the embroidery I am now doing. 


I'm ready to start the lacy border on the Nordic Shawl I've been working on... ( this is the third one I've made. Just finished my Mom's yesterday...)


I am going to start the Loopy Lou Poncho as soon as I finish the shawl... 


I also picked up this sketch book ( it was on clearance and has really nice, heavy paper in it ) and...


these Prismacolor watercolor pencils... ( I wanted Derwent, I really love Derwent colored pencils but they have gotten way, way out of my budget! )


I did a little sketching yesterday and played with my new pencils... ( I did pick up some individual Derwent drawing pencils though...  :)


                                                 Love the watercolor pencils!
                                    Well, that's it for now going back to stitching...

                                                            Mrs."C"  :)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Creative Chaos in the Art Room...



Just a few pictures from the past week at school... A little creative chaos!


Brown paint for kindergarten's textured trees...


Kindergarten's patterned owls and textured trees...


Second grade swamp creature props for the Second grade Spring musical...


First grades radial pattern painted flowers drying...

The K-2 art room last Wednesday... Second grade warm/cool painting for weavings, Kindergarten texture trees for their pattern owls and First grade flower paintings around their concentric circle designs... we were creatively busy,busy, busy!!!


My white board is packed with stuff! It's only 4'x6' ish (not very big) I have to bring in a scraper to get all the old tape off it! I prefer to draw on paper instead of the white board...I actually hate white boards, I prefer chalkboards... the chalkboard is on the music side of the room...lots of little gifts of drawing from my students taped to the board... need to make somewhere else to display them, they are taking over the board....


Our well loved watercolor sets... 


Our well loved tempera paint cakes...  I started putting the primary colors into the plastic paint cups I use so I can move them in and out for color mixing. The plastic cups fit perfectly into the paint tray. Next year I am going to put all the colors into a paint cup first so I can move them all in and out easily as needed...


My desk is actually under there somewhere... by the end of the day it was organized again. Because of the craziness of my schedule and the day I was literally taking pictures off the drying rack and just throwing the piles on my desk to put away later. I work in a small space with little storage can you tell?

Organized, Creative Chaos... that was my week... it was a good week... a productive week...
a creative week...  :)

Have a Creative Week!
Mrs."C" :)










Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPRING BREAK!!!



At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, a mass exodus of teachers flowed out the doors of my school... there was no staying until 4:00 or 4:30 to catch up loose ends, grade or work on plans. No, this was the much anticipated and long awaited for moment that marked the official start of Spring Break! I finished organizing the drying 3d grade prints, put lids on the paint cups, cleaned the last of the paint brushes I had thrown in the sink, rinsed out the water containers and neatly stacked them on the shelf above my sink. I grabbed my things, locked my door, went down the hall to say, "good-bye and have a great break!" to several people and got in my car and left without looking back!
               Enjoy these pic's of flower paintings with concentric line design centers that my 1st graders are working on! ( these are still in progress, but they are turning out so awesome I wanted to share! ) If your also off this coming week, ENJOY! If not have a good week where ever you are!      Mrs."C"  :)