After our cooperating teachers daily ritual of unstacking chairs and thumbs check in, Jackie got to start teaching! they were already in a circle so Jackie used it to have a conversation about the art project she was assigning. She explained that they were going to be making frescoes our of plaster and discussed all the different uses of plaster. The circle format is really helpful to keep the kids attentive because they are so close to the teacher and are asked to sit boy-girl-boy to help minimize clique sort of distraction.The students were very eager to explain what plaster was and what it can be used for. One student was in a cast earlier in the semester and she used his cast as an example.
Next Jackie used the smartboard to show the kids a powerpoint. the powerpoint had art historical slides that the kids really took interest in. she had them point out the different sections the artist has used in the sky, giving students the opportunity to get up out of their seats and interact with the art. We were happy to see that a few students knew about Michelangelo and were more than willing to share what they knew with the class. Jackie accommodated one student who asked if instead of sitting she could stand in the back during the slideshow. She was quiet and attentive during the slideshow and standing helped her do so. it reminds us as future teachers to listen to students and their needs and to accommodate them because most of the time they know what is best for themselves.
Next, the class had a discussion about what the word “Ideal” means and they did a class brainstorm about what their ideal rooms would be like. This was a really great thing to do because it gave kids more of an idea of what was expected. It was also really important because they were told to fill out a worksheet to brainstorm about their ideal rooms and some are not strong readers. The discussion was a great way to go over what the worksheet said in a fun and productive way. The only thing I have found is a downside of these discussions is that kids tend to copy what is said. For example: beanbag chairs was something mentioned under the category of “What would you sit on in your ideal room?” As I went around to the classroom I noticed that many of the kids were putting beanbags in and nothing else. So while discussion usually broadens ideas, I think sometimes it might limit it.
The brainstorming done on the white board.
The students were eager to get started on their brainstorming worksheets. They all really worked hard and they understood it really well because of the discussion.
As a form of motivation, Jackie went around the classroom with a fresco I painted to show the kids how the fresoes will look. Mine was of a baseball player, not an ideal room but the students always enjoy seeing art from us and this was a way to get students excited about doing their frescoes next class.
Students work diligently on their sketches coming up with really creative ideas for their ideal rooms.
One Student wanted her room to be very colorful and have lots of animals in it. she drew crocodiles, giraffes, and more. She did very well adding places to sit and play.
The students were eager to share their artwork with their peers which is a great sign that they enjoyed the lesson and that it was meaningful to them.
Clean up went really well. When the kids got too rowdy Jackie yelled “FREEZE!” and threw her arms up in the air. The kids did the same, and it was a really brilliant way to have fun while also getting the attention of and refocusing the students.