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Week 13 blog

Explorations to try

#6 Look at the following pictures, taken at the beach. My daughter took them with her iPhone. What math can you extract from them?!

Picture 1

identifying shapes and patterns, measuring round objects

Picture 2

Counting, similarity,

Picture 3

Symmetry, measuring distance

Week 11 Blog Post

1. List all of the potential arts connections (institutions and people) in your community. What sources might you tap in addition to the ones on your initial list?

I live in King William County, there aren’t many resources there so we would have to travel for art connections. In King William, the connections we do have are the art/music/tech teachers at the schools. Forty-five minutes away in Richmond, there are endless resources, Science museum of Virginia, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts just to name a few.

2. If you had access to an opera singer, what might you ask him or her to do in your classroom? How about a ballet dancer? A rapper? A graffiti artist? A bluegrass violinist? A potter?

I would ask each of these artists to show the class how to do one thing of their craft. I think this would open the students up to wanting to learn a new hobby and to gain some knowledge of that form of art.

week 10 blog post

~When you assess your students’ work, for whom is the assessment meant?

When I am teaching, my assessments will mostly be for my students and myself. For my students, they could see how well they are grasping the content. For myself, I can measure if the students are understanding the way I am presenting the content.

~What role do your students play in assessing their own work?

When I am teaching, I will have my students self-evaluate their writing/presentation pieces. In general, it is good to acknowledge your weaknesses and focus on them and making them better. If they are aware that they have to grade themselves, they are more than likely going to put a little more effort in their weaknesses. I will also include the “warm and cool” comments that are mentioned in the reading. I have done this in my job as a manager with “grow and glow” statements or “peaks and pits”. It is very important to make sure students know how to accept and give constructive criticism.

~To what extent do you vary the assessment tools in your classroom?

When I am teaching, I won’t restrict the assessments to just tests. You can assess students’ knowledge by having them present the content in any way they choose. When I was in school we did posters and powerpoints. I would allow them to express the content in any way they would like: music, acting, writing, art pieces.

Week 8 blog

Art forms are a kind of language because they tend to be expressive. Art tends to tell a story just like language does. I believe the picto-spelling is the best mode for “playing with language”. Many students remember material by writing it down, if you draw out the new concept like the picto-spelling drawings in the book, you are very likely to remember that drawing. My preferred way to learn a new language is to treat it like a spelling bee. I like to hear the word, spell it out, use it in a sentence, and I like to search the word on google and see how its used in context. One of the ideas that come to mind when thinking of ways to adapt an art-form to teach literacy is to, instead of just have the students spell out words for their spelling tests, have them get creative with it. Still, spell the word out but draw a picture of the word or use it in a sentence in a poem.

Week 7 blog

Explorations to try pg. 147

What are three ways in which you can explore some topic in science with the arts?

-Painting, Music, and Poetry

What are three ways in which you can explore the same topic through the arts?

-Making the painting. Making a song or singing a song. Writing poetry.

Try drawing a butterfly

I noticed how symmetrical butterflies are how they’re just a pattern.


Week 6 blog

Don’t Drink the Water by Dave Matthews Band

This song is about the Europeans “finding America” and basically taking credit for it even though they approached the Native Americans who were clearly already settled. This song also shows how the Europeans tried kicking the Native Americans out.

Freedom by Paul McCartney

This song was written after the 9/11 attacks. It just talks about how we deserve to live in freedom and we will not have that taken away from us.

Heartbeat by The Fray

This song was written about Rwanda coming back to life after the genocides. The lead singer said “We were in Rwanda, standing around in a circle, just thinking and somebody was talking about watching this country come back to life. And [as I was holding hands with a refugee woman,] I felt her heartbeat. I couldn’t figure out if it was hers or mine, it was just an epic moment of realizing that the country was coming back to life in spite of every effort to kill it.”


I think incorporating music into lessons is really helpful because they are a good representation of emotions and songs are a lot easier to remember rather than lectures.


Week 5 blog

The author talks a lot about the connection between creativity and student learning, in your opinion, how are intelligence and creativity related?  Are the notions of imagination and creativity captured within any SOLs you have found?  If so which ones, and in what ways?

I believe that creativity depends on intelligence. To fully be creative you have to have some to a lot of knowledge on whatever you want to be creative on. For example, if you want to be creative and make another version of a song, you have to have knowledge in that field. I definitely believe that imagination and creativity is captured in SOLs. Mainly, we see creativity and imagination in science but could be applied to history as well. For science, we have to use our imagination to picture elements, atoms, states of matter, etc and be creative to draw what we think they look like. For history, we also have to use our imaginations and mentally picture events that have happened in the past.

week 4 blog

What does it mean to be a learner?

To me, learning is like life.  We start off with small knowledge (possibly) just like the size of newborns, small. Throughout learning, experiences change or broaden our view just as throughout life. As you get older you grow just like your learning. You never really stop learning. Although you do have a stop to life until then you are constantly gaining experiences and growing.

Week 3 Blog post

I remember early on in school, we would always draw or color when learning about the continents and oceans of the world. This helped young students differentiate what was land and what was water. We understood that land was green and water was blue so having us draw it out ourselves and label, really helped memorize which pieces were continents and which were oceans. I remember even doing this is high school history when we learned about different countries in the continents.

week1 blog post

In this weeks reading, Goldberg outlines the three categories of art education. Art text, art integration, and arts education. These three categories can relate to many assignments, even our assignment of creating a personal website on rampages.

Being able to express our thoughts on various topics, seeing everyone sharing their daily art, and personalizing our website to have cool fonts and pictures and organization relates to art text.

Art integration, with each post we can see how other students interpreted the material and brought art into the subject matter.

Arts education, having the ability to see other students ideas and takes on different assignments allows us to have a deeper understanding of the material. Also we’ll probably be introduced to new forms of art during this semester and that will broaden our “art education”.

Technology is becoming so necessary in schools that creating a personal website for children K-5 would be beneficial for their education careers. They would be able to modify it each year and use it throughout their life. To modify this activity for K-5 to better address it, I would have them either write a quick auto-biography or do a piece of art reflecting who they are to get their minds thinking in a fun way for them then have/help them create it on the website. Showing how to really personalize the website would really help grab the students attentions because they would have the most fun with that part. I think showing them the importance this would have in the future would be beneficial as well.

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