I made this lesson plan for a 5th grade classroom but I could easily be modified for a different age group. Through this lesson students will learn that messages, ideas, and emotions can be communicated through art. Before teaching this lesson I would have a lesson that focuses on how different colors, shapes, sizes, mediums, etc. can be used to communicate different meanings.
Lesson Plan: Watercolor Landscape
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This is an art lesson plan that I design for a first grade classroom. It allows the students to work with watercolor and ink while also learning about pointillism.
Lesson Plan: Repetition Design
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I do believe that schools should be teaching students to be responsible digital citizens. I feel that this is a must because our society is changing and technology is becoming more and more important. Students should be prepared for the real life. Not teaching digital citizenship will only lead to students not knowing how to appropriately behave online. The following is an infographic that I found that gives some of the negative consequences of not knowing how to appropriately act online.
I do not feel that the responsibility of teaching digital citizenship to students should fall upon only schools, I feel that parents should also be involved. I see it as an opportunity for students and parents to learn from each other. In the article Raising a Digital Child there are topics that schools and parents need to discuss with students. As I continued to research I came upon a lot of websites that give resources or teach about digital citizenship. On digitalcitizenship.net I found a page full of resources which I found interesting. Some of the resources provided that I liked were the parent and child contracts.
I first tried creating my infographic using PowerPoint but I felt that I was limited as to what I could do. So as I looked around I came upon Easelly. It is a site designed for infographics. I loved it and found it super easy to use. I liked that it provided templates because it gave me a place to start. Below is the infographic that I made off of the Easelly website.
Ep. 18 – The Great Teacher Checklist
The episode talks about different ways in which teachers are being assessed in their teaching. The different methods discussed are used to give teachers feedback to help them improve their teaching. The guest speaker for this episode is Thomas Kane who is the deputy director of the Gates Foundation. Below is the link to the episode on the Harvaard EdCast webpage.
Ep. 5 – Kathryn Schultz on being wrong
This episode is part of a group of TED talks grouped under education in iTunes. Kathryn Schultz talks about how we are taught from an early age to not be wrong. She discusses how it is alright to be wrong and it should not be the end of the world. I think that this is important to incorporate into education. Students should be able to take failures but know that it only means that there is room for improvement. Below is the link to the episode on the TED website.
Ep. 23 – Artists and their Muses
Julia Allen and Marie Teemant are two of the authors for the podcast and are from Utah Valley University. They discuss topics of art history. The episode I listened to interested me because it look into past artists and what inspired them in their art. It made me think about what inspires me when I create artworks. There are about six different authors for the podcast with two hosts per episode. I like that on the website they provide images that go along with the topics so that you can follow along. The link below is to the episode on their blog.
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Photosynth is a way to make photos into panoramas or 360 degree views of an area. It combines many photos to make the visual presentation. I would like to use this in my class as a way to show students areas related to our current topic or of interest. They would be able to see these areas with greater detail then they could if it was just one photo. For example, below is a 360 degree view of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris that I could show students if we were discussing Gothic art and architecture.