Monday, June 24, 2013

What the Teacher Wore

Hey everyone. . .
I hope you are having an awesome summer!

I have a bit of exciting news:  I've started a little blog about what I wear (again). It is called "What the Teacher Wore." I'm so inspired by teachers who manage to share what they wear (like Cassie Stephens), and by plus-size bloggers; I want to share what I wear too.

As an Art teacher, I love to wear clothing. . .I see it as another aesthetic form of expression. I also tend to get into ruts as a lot of my job is dirty (or I claim it to be so I can wear less thoughtful clothing choices). My ultimate goal is to be a leader in the Education and Art Education world. I want to dress like me (in fun colors and shapes), but still be professional. This blog is my little challenge to do just that. 

Please do drop by and visit! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Make a Quick, Drawn, Animated, Gif

Here is a tutorial I used earlier this year to demonstrate to students how they can make simple animations for embedding into Powerpoint presentations, webpages, and Tumblr (their favorite!).

Rising 6th Graders Summer Camp

My school hosts a great, free, four-day, summer camp for rising 6th grade students. The idea is to familiarize students with Middle School (building layout, class changes, teachers, Connections classes etc. etc.). I'm always asked to help with this camp, because the kids love having Connections classes. Last year, I had the campers do a drawing project; they liked it, but I think it could have been more interesting. So, this year, we are making graffiti name key chains for backpacks and house keys. A lot of house keys go missing early in the school year as students get (re)acquainted with keeping track of personal belongings. A name-based key chain seems like a fun and practical craft. We are making our key chains out of shrinky dink paper. Based on the first day of camp, the kids are LOVING this craft. Most of them have never used shrinky dinks before, so this is new and fun. . .Their faces when they realized we would "cook" their artwork in the oven were priceless.

I'm all over making 2-3 minute videos for demonstrations.  While the kids watch, I am able to keep everyone  on task and hand out materials. It also allows students to witness the entirety of the project in one, super-efficient, go. Plus, we will re-watch the video every day as a reminder.

Here is the shrinky-dink overview video: