Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Checkout this site for transition songs

I remembered this song my cooperating teacher used to sing when I student taught and I found a site with lots of other good examples!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Children Books Wish List Keeps Growing

I just had to share...

Just in case someone is feeling generous!

Math in the Art Room

I have always thought I wasn't very good at math. So, when it's time to do cross curricular with math, I instantly freak...until I found this website! There are tons of explanations and standards put in plain English so I can easily incorporate math concepts into my lessons. LOVE!!

Math for the left and right brain

Comprehensive, dynamic content

“Love it! My students and my own children can't wait to get on the computer, and I then have a hard time stopping them from using the site!
Special education teacher,
Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.A.
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Grades Pre-K to 8

Art Songs

I have been looking for music about art for some time. I think I may have found it. It was recommended by Mini Matisse (a fantastic art teacher blog, I might add). Check out Songs in the Key of Art! Its on my wish list for right now until that full-time pay starts coming in.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Deep Space Sparkle-This blog is AWESOME

I just had to share this blog quickly. I think it is absolutely awesome!

My Student Wins Congressional Art Competition!!

This past spring, I encouraged my high school Introduction to Visual Design students to enter the annual Congressional Art Competition. Here is the link for the House's website on the competition. Students may enter an original 2-D artwork to their local congress representative. Each rep chooses one artwork to be hung at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.! I thought it would be a good experience for them to enter. They would learn a little about deadlines and working independently, which for my Freshmen and Sophomores, is a skill they will need later in high school and beyond. I had about 15 artworks submitted! Students got extra credit for simply entering a framed artwork. I was so excited that so many of my kids used their own time to participate.  
Madeline Marquart and Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer

In April, we got word that my student Madeline Marquart won the MO-9th District competition! Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer paid for plane tickets for Madeline and her mother, Dawn, to go to Washington D.C. for the show opening reception. The Academic Boosters at our high school was generous enough to help Madeline with some other expenses while she went on the trip. Madeline was also able to take in some of the sights in Washington D.C., visiting many museums, monuments, and even taking a tour of the White House!

Here is a link to her artwork on the House's Website. Her artwork will hang in the Capital for 1 year.

Madeline Marquart and her artwork "Firecrackers!"

This was a once in a lifetime experience for Madeline and will look exceptional on a college application. She was just 15 when she won! I have to say I feel like I won the award too because I am so proud of all my kids just for entering. 
Video of the Cannon Tunnel with Madeline's work and other winners across the US.

If you are interested in entering your kids' work, check out this link. Or feel free to ask your local representative's office for information. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Totally Jealous of this classroom!

One of the schools I will be teaching at, I do not have a classroom. So, I will be teaching in the cafeteria. Bummer! So, this made me very jealous. I will continue to look for blog entries from teachers who do art on a cart for organizational tips. Wish me luck!

From Art is Messy Blog:
I like to give my kids access to most of my art materials. In order to do this, I organize the supplies into three cubby areas: collage and sculpture, drawing and paper and finally printmaking and paint. I find that it helps to organize the room this way because always know where to look for the materials that they need.
In addition to the different material sections, I keep other supplies like pencils, sharpies, erasers, crayons, markers and colored pencils in different areas throughout my room. I like to have my materials in different areas because I feel it helps those kids who have difficulty sitting still. It gives their movement justification.
I also create bulletin boards for each grade level I teach. I put examples of the artwork that we have studied so the kids can look at it during different points of the project. I also try to include art vocabulary on these boards as well.

Soon I will have more for you!

I am so sorry that I haven't been better ab out posting. I have much to share from the Spring semester and many ideas to explore for the fall! Stay tuned for more from Mrs. Meggles Art Room!