Yesterday on Thursday February 23rd, a few of our classmates presented their mini-lesson. Truthfully, I was nervous for them because I was nervous for myself, even though I was presenting the following Tuesday. But, despite my nervousness for them, I learned a lot from their presentations and thought they had great mini-lessons if they were to actually use them in a classroom. But, in the beginning of class, many of us had issues with our mini-lesson’s and how to get our video uploaded correctly. I personally feel that I am going to be one of those people, but I will try my best to figure out how to do it correctly and hopefully get it done. This project was somewhat stressful to the point I was just nervous thinking about it. But as I saw my fellow classmates present, the stress level went a little bit down because they made it seem so simple, but I know they put a lot of time and effort into their mini-lessons. I just hope that I can perfect my more this weekend and live up to the standards of my professor as well as the presentations that had already gone yesterday.
Today, February 21st, 2012, we learned about photography and the different elements that compose different types of photos. We learned about different perspectives of photos such as birds eye and eye level, different types of lighting and other reminders of what to know when taking photos.
These 3 photos are photos I took during our 20 minutes given to take pictures based on the different techniques we’ve learned. I chose to do reflection, birds eye, and diagonals.
This photo is a mix of diagonal and zoom where we can’t really picture what the photo is at first, which is just the indent on the wall in our art building and the usage of the two lines, from this angle, is in an diagonal form to the point it seems like it’s expected to intersect towards the end when really they are both horizontal parallel lines on a wall.
This week, on Tuesday, each and every one of our groups presented the idea of Art Assessment given the different parts we had to cover. My group covered the vocabulary, issues, and connections. What I’ve learned from the Art Assessment reading is that integrating art in a classroom can keep the creativity flowing as well as heightening our students ability in learning more and engaging more. Two groups covered an activity and the one that stood out was activity 1. That group had us use water color paint and paint something relating to Valentines Day by applying the different types of strokes we learned from Heather. It was extremely entertaining and brought out the elementary student in me and kept me focus and engaged. On Thursday, today, we all met up at the Palmer Museum on campus to get a tour of the paintings as well as advice and input from our instructor on how to address art discussions with our future students. Some points that she mentioned were how to make sure to pick paintings that are appropriate for our students, to make sure to mention the use of all art elements, ask questions that help them engage in the paintings, and see if they can relate the painting to themselves. I really enjoyed walking around the museum and glancing at the different types of art from different times throughout the years. Since I am older, I am more aware of the different messages the art pieces can convey as well as the history behind it and see how the art can send a message from what was occurring during that time.
This week, we discussed on Tuesday, about our upcoming Mini-lesson’s that are due the 26th and 28th. Our professor went over the layout of how our mini-lesson should look like as well as what other requirements we needed. It was very overwhelming to write down all the notes and just listen to what we needed to do because it just added on more stress for me and mostly everyone in our class. But, today, our professor took the time to discuss the workload we’ve been dealing with and wanted to comfort us. We discussed many ways to keep ourselves less stressed and some ideas were to be more organized, which led to other strategies in how to organize our daily workload. It was helpful in some ways, but personally, it just reminded me of how much I needed to do. Today group 5 presented and their presentation has to be my favorite so far. Because they couldn’t explain one of their main ideas, they created an activity about how we would want our ideal art studio to look like. This required our sketchbooks, magazines, scissors, and glue. We cut our pictures from the magazines and created a studio on our sketchbooks. This really reached into all of our inner childhood because collage type activities really engaged me personally as a student. Also, they acted as teachers and sat next to us and had conversations with us as we continued to work on our activity.
This week group 3 presented their reading presentation and the main points were:
1. Verbo-centric beliefs about the key elements within a story such as setting, mood, character, problem, solution, and ending, are not just solely established through the language of words.
2. Art needs to be more than a hook, an art based approach to writing should give a student concrete, hands on tools, for developing and expressing ideas.
3. Pictures serve as a universal language no matter what language one speaks.
4. The language of pictures provides a concrete and dynamic core language for thinking and developing ideas before any writing takes place. It nourishes the mind and enriches the thinking.
From their presentation, number 3 of their main ideas really struck out to me because it is true. With the different languages we have in the world, pictures is a language we all share. It’s a way of expressing ourself.
On a personal level, as a teacher, I will strive to have my students express through pictures whether by a camera or simply drawing them. It’s important to incorporate different ways of expression because everyone has their own way of expressing themselves.
As we finished our 3rd week into our LL ED block, we all learned more about the importance of incorporating art in our classrooms. This week was the beginning of our Reading Presentations, where groups have a topic and present it to the class as well as giving examples and sample activities for us to use and do. The first group basically elaborated on how art is an important aspect on any curriculum for any subject. Also that kids are more likely to attend schools if there are a variety amount of art programs. Today, January 26th, my group members, Lisa Marusco, Madeline Large, Alyssa Marie, and I presented our topic on how identity is important and how we can use it in art form. We presented how identity can affect teachers and students in classrooms because if we don’t know who we are as a person, then it can affect our teaching negatively. Also, if we are not confident as educators, then our students will be able to detect that and not be comfortable enough to engage in classroom activities. One thing we had our class do for an activity was making their own identity maps and ranking them by importance. To see our class actually enjoy this activity and concur to the idea that it would be a good classroom activity at the elementary level gave us a reassurance of our presentation.
Aside from the presentations, our professor showed us the different types of drawing as well as tools that kids can use to help them draw. I really found the grid to be a useful tool because it can break down a picture and in each 1×1 or however big the squares are, the kids will be able to draw whatever each square contains, little by little. Then later, they will be able to see the big picture. The grid is something that I would definitely apply in a future lesson.
For group 1’s presentation, we learned the main points they listed about how art is essential as a basic requirement in a curriculum in a classroom, how art influences students to think abstractly, and how children will more likely to attend school more often if there were many art programs. What I found useful that group 1 did was when they told us to draw anything that came into our minds. To shut our left brain down and use our right brains and not over think what we’re going to draw and question ourselves. It’s important to create an activity with children to see how they would act towards this assignment. They might not fully understand what it means to “shut off’ the right brain, but telling them to draw something and just keep continuing (with no eraser), putting limitations, we would get a sense of not over thinking. As a future teacher, I absorbed the fact that art is definitely needed in every subject so that we can connect creativity with academics. It’s important to engage not only our students with students but us with our students and show them that learning is fun and not boring. By letting our students free their creativity side, they would feel more secure and comfortable in a learning environment.