Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Google Docs

 My C.T. showed me a very cool and very FREE program called Google Docs where you can basically do any "watered-down" version of Microsoft Word, Presentation, Excel... plus much more. I made a presentation on there for my How-to on making the piggy banks. The program is pretty neat at what it can do, so go check it out for yourself!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Clay Piggy Banks

As my first lesson at the elementary school, I have been working with the 3rd graders along with the 6th and 7th graders making piggy banks from clay! I'm so excited to see the final results. We set our first round of firing today and I can't wait to get back on Tuesday to see how they turned out! They did such a wonderful job and I love all of the little characteristics each piggy has. I will post pictures of the making of the pigs after they have been glaze fired. I'm getting anxious to show everyone all of their hard work!

During my last demonstration for the 3rd graders, my CT taped it using the doc cam. For student teaching, I am required to tape myself and then review it. I was really nervous about doing it at first, but I am actually very proud of them! I made my first google doc presentation and as soon as I get it finished, I will upload it to share with all of you!

Here is a spoiler of what is to come....

On another note: I have to say, I am really enjoying my time here. I cannot believe that it already almost May. YIKES! I will certainly miss this. :( So, in 19 days I will turn 24... in 23 days, boyfriend will turn 26... and in 24 days I will be walking in my graduation ceremony!!! However, I technically won't be finished until the end of my ST experience in June. So, I have lots of things to look forward to! Hooray Me!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I can't wait to get back there!

I have to say that I am really, really enjoying my elementary school student teaching experience. I am learning so much and I feel more confident in myself than I ever have. Thursday, my cooperating teacher was at a meeting, so there was a substitute... who was wonderful! He gave me some tips on what has worked for him and also what hasn't. It was great to share stories with him and get some advice. I had a great experience at what it feels like to have a full course load at an elementary school. It was so exhausting, but I felt like I was very prepared and did the best that I could. :) It's also even more exciting when your ideas for lessons come to life... even if it doesn't go exactly as planned. I think I learn more when they don't go right and I can figure out what I am doing wrong. I love it even more when the students get excited. :)

I started a project with the 4th graders; they have been talking about Op Art. I had them doing "Line Designs", in which they would start off with a center line on their paper. Next, they have to make a line that follows the center line. But, the trick is to make that line touch in at least three spots on the center line. Then all of the lines after that follow the second line we made. When that side is done, they flip the paper over and do the same thing on the other side. (I have them turn their papers to avoid smudging) When they first came in, I had them do a couple of practice designs on an artist trading card. They were so focused and working really hard! (that is until we had the severe weather drill) Then, they moved onto the final paper. One student worked so quickly that I challenged him to do another one and make two center lines and he was excited to try it. :)

One of the things that the substitute and I were talking about was how to get the students attention without losing your head or your voice in the process. So, now I'm thinking about what would I do if I actually do lose my voice? What are some non-verbal ways of getting your students attention? One thing that he mentioned was to clap a pattern and have them repeat it, or raising your hand and others will follow suit. So, my question is for anyone to answer... what are some ways of gaining your students attention that have been successful for you?

From the always learning, soon to be art teacher. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Well, Well, Well...

... I did not update at all during my last school placement. My apologies. So, here is an update as to what I have been up to the past 9 weeks. I just finished at Elk River High School last week and began my first week at Rogers Elementary. If anyone is interested, I have an album on my Facebook from last quarter at the High School. Here is the link.

I had a fantastic time! I already miss the students and my cooperating teachers. My classes included: Drawing II, AP Art, Clay I (2 sections), and Clay 2. I learned so much and so grateful for everything. I have been back a couple of times since the quarter ended, mostly for grading projects that students were VERY late turning in, but also because I wanted to. :) Right as I was leaving, the art department submitted student work to Paramount in St. Cloud and Mrs. Nestrud emailed me to tell me that their students received 12 awards, including the top two prizes! :D I was so ecstatic at the news, but I didn't want her to tell me who won the awards. I want to be surprised when I go to the reception on April 11th. Luke (my boyfriend) is coming too! :D

Anyways, I will be more attentive to my blog over what's happening at the Elementary School. Or at least attempting to. I know I will have a wonderful time, because it's a great school with great kids and great teachers.  Now it is time for me to get back to preparing for next week. I am starting with two lessons! One for 1st grade and the other for 3rd grade. I'm excited to get started! Wish me luck!