Here are pics of each class working on taking notes from a video on color theory so they could correct their pre-tests and teach each other the information they would need to study in order to pass the post test. I am still astounded at how well this activity went.
Despite all the metaphorical kicking and screaming about having to read and write in an art class, I am seeing across the board how the work and study my students have put into the last couple of weeks is paying off. There are still some technical drawing issues here and there, but they are using their eyes more and looking at the material and the what they are doing.
Supplies... It is that wonderful time of year when I need to send out a reminder for both parents and students to check in with each other on their personal school supplies. A growing number of students are coming to my class without at least a pen or pencil. I have some supplies, but I cannot supply students on a daily basis. Please touch base with your child on his or her responsibility to have school supplies. Here are some good things for your child to restock on:
- Pencils, wood or mechanical
- Pink OR White erasers
- Colored Pencils
- Glue Sticks
- Sketchbook - (some have really filled them up this semester)
Parents, I also want to take a moment to encourage you to check in with your child to see how they are doing. As I am updating grades and we spend our days getting busy, I am finding that students who were doing fine 1st quarter are now beginning to struggle a little bit. Yes the curriculum increases in level as a child learns, but it is more along the lines of just needing a little bit of love. We all get busy, even myself, and I'll be the first person to chime in and tell a body to they just have to find a way to deal with whatever is stressing them out... but I do have to remind myself that each of us is simply seeking acknowledgement... even I need to tell my husband to just give me a hug every once and a while.
I ask because I see that some of my students are having a little trouble communicating their problems with me especially when they are not telling me why they failed to get their homework done, and in some cases multiple assignments. Some expressed fear of being in trouble while others I sense embarrassment at their situation. When it comes to that stuff, I try to work with each case in order to help guide them towards a better solution to their problems. I still need your help. If you yourself have gotten busy lately, please take a moment this week and check in with your child. If they say everything is fine and try to walk away, wrap them up in a hug and say "Hey... how are you, I really want to know." We are stressing relationship building here at ECMS this year. Teachers are working hard to do a better job at that and I want to be at the front lines. I want to ensure that we are working together to build great relationships with our students so they have no doubt that they are loved and continue to work towards success in whatever life choices they begin to make as they grow up.
Thanks for your time this week! As always, contact me if you have any individual questions or concerns.