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Challenges and Choices

How do you react when faced with challenges? Looking back on my time as a DocuMentor and the myriad challenges given to us, it is ia perfect time to reflect and analyze how I react in these situations. I am… Continue Reading →

Art Show Highs and Woes

  So much work, so many hours, researching, planning, organizing, and still things go wrong, still much to learn and do differently next time. So despite all of the positive feedback, my perfectionist side focuses on what I should have… Continue Reading →

SPRING PGP- Behaviour Management in the Art Room, QR codes, Blogging, Reflections and more…

Behaviour Management in the Art Room The process of developing a personal written Theory of Behaviour Management for the Art Room helped me to focus on what I really wanted my art classes to look like, clarify classroom rules, and… Continue Reading →

Preparations Galore

Art piece selection…Take 2! Grade 1 students have also begun the process of selecting materials and preparing their artist statements for the art show. This class was approached differently than Kindergarten as their literacy skills are stronger. First we spoke… Continue Reading →

Lights, Camera, Action… Art Show!

Spring is finally here and plans for my first art show are underway. My first year as an art teacher has zoomed by and it is time to display the fruits of my students labour. I have been both dreaming… Continue Reading →

We (the Students) are the Documentarians!

February is all about family in Kindergarten Hebrew class. We are learning the names of our family members in Hebrew ( אֲנִי אבּא אִמָּא אָח אָחוֹת תִּינוֹק תִּינֹקֶת קָטָן קְטַנָּה גָּדוֹל גְּדוֹלָה סבּא סָבְתָא חַיַּת מַחְמַד כֶּלֶב חָתוּל דָּג אוֹגֵר),… Continue Reading →

Endless Possibilities

  Today the Documentors will learn the art of Sketchnoting, a technique that can help make thinking visible by putting thoughts and ideas into pictures. As a former doodler (before life with 4 kids and a full time job) I… Continue Reading →

Capturing Resilience

Today the Documentors were invited into a Grade 3 math class with the goal of making learning visible. The students were assigned open-ended multiplication problems, and demonstrated their knowledge of 1 or 2 digit multiplication, using pictures, words, and numbers to demonstrate… Continue Reading →

An Emotional Challenge…

This is the second challenge I have undertaken, and it proved to be challenging indeed! I am an emotional person (sometime overly emotional) so this challenge spoke to me, as did the examples I watched in the pre-planning stages. Let’s… Continue Reading →

Enriching Art Experiences

Following my previous post Stretching Beyond “of Learning”, Janet Hale made some excellent recommendations on how to enrich my planned art lesson. Unfortunately, I only saw them after the lesson was completed. How to correct this fail? Apply the suggestions to… Continue Reading →

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