Monday, 25 November 2013

More Great Ideas

After doing a number of home visits last week and a lot of marking, I again got that old feeling: pockets of brilliance are all over our school! Mars rovers, 3-D family trees, expressive daily Art journals! For some time now, my wife, Lisa, has been encouraging me to explore Pinterest as an additional place students and parents might be able to mine for art ideas and more. A simple Google search for “educational Art journal ideas Pinterest” will pull up a number of useful curated sites, such as Sarabeth Berk’s or Emie’s Art Journal Inspiration page. No account is needed to view sites, but one is needed if you want to collect or “pin” ideas. This week, I’ve concluded I have to learn to find creative art ideas and projects quicker and more efficiently and share. So many people have already seemed to learn how. Good luck!

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Character of New

There are many perks to being in a new building. The character associated with a space that’s been lived in, however, is not one of them. You see, outside the doorway into our school stands empty showcases. Each day as I’ve walked by them since they were paneled with glass they’ve called to me, “Fill me, please . . . oh, please, fill me.” This is why I write. To all students: Help us quiet the cabinets. Help us turn something new, old. Help stop the madness! Please loan us one of your favourite creations by forwarding it to your teacher to put on display. We will care for and return it as soon as we are through. That is, as soon as the showcases, cabinets and walls stop their incessant pleading and are filled again with the flow of student learning. Sincerely, thanks!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Needles and Gnomes

Every Thursday my mom brother and I go to the Waldorf School for art class. The first class we made gnomes. Gnomes are magical little people shaped like carrots. I made a blue on which was not going so well, my mom was making an orange one which was going well, so we traded. We use wool to make gnomes. We use a special needle with barbs to poke it with. What you do with the wool is simple. You role it up tight as you can, then you poke it really fast. The reason we poke it is because we have to make it firm or it will fall apart. To put the eyes on you take very little wool and make two balls then you needle them on. You do the same thing for the mouth except you make a noodle shape. This whole process is called needle felting.

~ Blanci, Gr. 4

Calling All Teeth Brushers

With National Oral Health Month behind us (October) and candy probably littered around most students’ houses, here’s a challenge. This week, write a detailed set of instructions for teeth brushing. Start from walking into and end with leaving the bathroom. Now, although this task seems easy, be careful. Instructions need to be logically organized, thorough and sufficiently detailed to allow someone unfamiliar with the task to accomplish the task. It’s easy to forget the nuances of things we take for granted. For those who wish to take this project a little farther, include an illustration with your write up and/or video tape your explanation. Either way, writing instructions and procedures is part of this month’s writing portfolio focus, so be sure to include at least two examples of this form of writing inside your writing portfolio. Happy brushing!