Having the annual VAEA conference in Northern Virginia this year really shows in the large turn out for the Northern Region Meeting.
I am so excited to have so many of my local colleagues here, and especially excited that they were all here to recognize Susan Silva who received the secondary educator of the year award for the Northern Region.
Thank you, Andrew, for putting her name forward. She is so deserving!
I have always enjoyed seeing the variety of classroom strategies used in art classrooms. I am having just as much fun sharing them!
I love this simple, “artsy” way of making expectations clear.
Not making expectations clear and explicit is a common mistake among those struggling with classroom management. It’s not enough to say “behave.” We have to explain to our students exactly what we want them to do! In this case, we can show them!
Thanks to Marissa and Linda for sharing this idea from their classroom.
Here’s another quick strategy I saw used with great effect recently… Do you know what that glowing purple object is on the table?
It’s a Bluetooth speaker!
The teacher has a playlist on her own phone and places the speaker, at a low volume, on tables that are showing that everyone is on task. The students really enjoyed having the reward of listening to music while they worked, even if the speaker had to move to another table after a few minutes.
Thanks again to Bethany for sharing this idea!
Talking about visual literacy at the secondary literacy symposium. Not only do art students engage with traditional texts like books and articles, they are also learning art language to develop abilities to decode and encode the visual world.
What is this wardrobe rack doing in the art room?
I’m visiting Lois today who credits Laura Watson with this ingenious approach to storing visual resources.
Some posters are mounted directly on wire hangers to display from hooks at the front of the room.
Other hangers hold large plastic folders that hold collections of visuals organized by subject and medium.
This vertical organization allows Lois to grab something quickly, even in the middle of a class, and post it on the board with clips.
What a great idea!
Thanks to Lois and Laura for sharing.
Learning can be challenging — frustrating even. With a little experience, an art teacher can predict pretty accurately what the frustration level will be with the new content and skills. So why not warn your students? It’s only fair!
Thanks to art teacher Bethany Mallino who plans to include this and many other gold nuggets in a future publication called SmART StART in ART. (I’ll let you know when it’s available.)
How do art teachers organize their room? With color, of course!
Which stools go at your table?
Which supply bin goes at your table?
And, WHAT?! Is that a trash can?
The combination of assigned seats and assigning a color (or other designation) to tables can streamline a lot of processes!
Any questions? The purple table is dismissed.