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SNOW ANGELS and Today’s Class

Dr. Kelberman has a theory that if you wear your pajamas backwards, you will have a snow day. So I want to know which of you is wearing your pj’s backwards AND do you know it?

Today you will have class right here…First you will scroll down through a few posts until you see one titled Thinking about Arts Integration. There is a link to an email dialogue I had with a student last semester about the 3 lesson mapping process. I think you will get a good idea of how she and I thought together about her three lessons and how to craft strong learning goals and assessments.

Then you can go to Art 311 and Checkout two pages with power points. The first is Mapping-Linking-Planning-Documenting that provides an overview of the 3 lesson planning process all the way to the final documentation of student learning. The second page on Engaging Art Lesson Planning with a power point on Lesson Planning, which offers an overview of how to plan powerful, cohesive arts integrated lessons. Handouts resources which support both parts are there for your success. Looking for the Arts Standards? That is on the another page. Check there for National Visual Art, PA State Art and Early Learning standards.

So what do you do on a snow day….Start thinking about your mapping process. Begin by looking at what your teacher is covering in the next few months in Science or Social Studies (Mentor map). Maybe there is a language arts unit coming up? What might be a great connection for art? Email me a draft or what you are beginning to think and we will carry on our own conversation. Warning!! Think about what you want the STUDENTS to LEARN…NOT what activity YOU will do. Also I DO NOT respond to … I don’t know what to do. THINK FIRST….have some ideas, possible content to play with, and we will work together to craft the three lessons. Oh…if you get stuck take a walk outside…it is beautiful!! Definitely a snow angel day.

ART 311

FINAL ART REFLECTION is up under Art 311.

We are rounding the bend headed to home….ENJOY your final days with your students in your PDS site. Be Grateful and Gracious to all who have impacted your learning this semester. Kind words, written words are BEST. Show your best work AND how you had an IMPACT on Student Learning at your CELEBRATION!

Thinking about Arts Integration

Having difficulty planning arts integrated art explorations successfully into your classroom? Here is a conversation with one of my Apprentice II students, Callan Blank and how she came to her realizations about designing arts integrated lessons in an elementary classroom. (Thanks Callan for giving permission). Enjoy our journey!


Here are some images that inspired Callan’s thinking.