PD Days are fun!!

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Today was such a super fun PD Day! We got back in touch with our colleagues and made connections with new friends. This sculpture project will be located in our city and points out that DC citizens votes need to count!!

After the potluck lunch we broke into 3 sessions: TAS/TLF, Blogging, and Color Theory. In assisting Miriam Cutelis at Murch Elementary in sharing her blog murchart.blogspot.com, we were able to define the purpose and benefit to blogging in our city and community of Art Teachers. This video of Simon Sinek shared by theartofed.com inspired me to define the purpose of my own blog. Art Teachers are sharing a bounty of information that is useful, yet there is still a slice of each blog that keeps them unique from others and it needs to be highlighted. It may take a while to figure out, but that is ok, figuring out how to blog takes a while too! Good luck to the DCPS Art Teachers getting started today, it was awesome!

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Blogging Assignment

Blogging with Students

In our blogging class, that was so much fun and helpful to have classmates and leadership that motivated important thinking to get started, our last assignment was to create a lesson around Blogging with Students.  I hadn’t thought about that so much yet, let alone blogging for my profession at the time, but it came to be a great tool for myself and classmates.  Some art teachers were using it as a form of assessment.  Students could post what they have learned.  Blogging was also a great way to critique students work and discuss their process with peers.  For this assignment, I chose for students to Blog “About an Artist”.  Students will develop their observation skills, writing, empathy, connection, creativity and synthesis.  Students will also have the opportunity for a hands-on experience.  The Blogging time will have to be rotated in 15 min sign up per partners.  The remaining time will be used for their creative connection to incorporate what they have learned in a Two or Three-dimensional project.  Sounds ambitious, but 5th graders are ready to be busy, work with peers and explore independently!  Click here to see student handout:  Blogging About an Artist  and here to see Lesson Plan About an Artist Blog Lesson.  This artsaysthat a project like this will allow Differentiation:  all types of learners to participate in a variety of mediums, research and documentation.