I attended an interesting conference yesterday with a variety of speakers. I took the chance to work in my sketchbook, adding some watercolor pencil to a few sketches, and drawing the conference attendees. Sometimes I am a better listener when I am working with my hands and other parts of my brain at the same time.
I have math students who like to doodle in class. Maybe their brains work as mine does. I check in with them to make sure they are hearing instruction and retaining the content. If so, they can doodle away. If not, I work with them to help them discern when to doodle and when to shift focus back to the class. I remember sitting at rigid attention in classes as a child. I wish doodling had been an option. How about you?
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
My project worked on the scale, lettering, measuring, and design, then invited every student in our middle school to trace their hand print and decorate with a box of deliciously colored permanent markers. As more handprints appeared, the students had to layer theirs "behind" the others, giving the banner a beautiful depth around the border. I brought the banner home this summer to finish the border and piece together, with lots of help (and I use the term loosely) from Maggie and Fred.
The banner now hangs in the hall for our students encouraging them to burst onto the scene, each in their own way. My goal is to provide an environment where they feel safe and encouraged to do so.
As always, thank you for looking. I love your comments.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
|Katie making some changes|
As always, I love your comments. Thanks for looking.
|Establishing the light and dark pattern... looks a little bit like "Little Shop of Horrors" at this point|
|Modelling in the lights and darks|