Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Comic

Happy Hump Day! Enjoy :-)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pupil Performance

Last Friday was our district's PGC day. As for us "non-core" disciplines, we were placed in the same room to discuss rubrics and assessments. It was actually pretty insightful and it got me thinking.... how is everyone else assessing their students?

Being that most of my readers, I'm assuming, are elementary art teachers, I'd love to know how you monitor and grade student progress.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Trees

- Watercolor Paints
- Watercolor Paper
- Paintbrushes
- Painters Tape (optional)
- Tempera Cakes
- Straws

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Popcorn Sheep

- Sheep Tracers (for body and head)
- 1" Black Construction Paper Strip (one for each child)
- Black and White Construction Paper
- Light Blue Construction Paper
- Scissors
- Glue
- Popcorn
- Wiggly eyes

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mosaic Rainbows

- 1" Construction Paper Strips (in every color of the rainbow)
- Light Blue Construction Paper for the background
- Glue
- Pencil
- Markers (optional)
- Scissors (optional)

Sunday Comic

One of my favorites... Courtesy of Phyl :-).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's a Twister! A Twister!

This year's play by our high school drama department was The Wizard of Oz. As an art department, we set up a mini art show correlating to the play. I decided I wanted to take on the tornado aspect of the story, and my what a task it was.

Tuesday Comic

So I have been a lee-tle busy... it always seems that way once Spring arrives! Enjoy :-).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I'm So Lucky For...

- White Drawing Paper
- Green Markers
- Green Construction Paper
- Orange Tissue Paper

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Holy Paper Quilling, Batman!

I literally stumbled upon this on, so I'm not sure which artist or website to reference, but I was so amazed I had to share- how cool!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pollock Without Painting

- White Drawing Paper
- Oil Pastels
- Toothpicks
- Scissors
- Pollock References

Egyptian Sarcophagi

- Water Bottle (one for each student)
- Newspaper Strips
- Paper Mache Goop
- Tempera Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Sharpie Marker
- Egyptian References

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Comic

I'm starting clay whistles and maracas this week... this cartoon always reminds me of when I used to say, "Oh, I like how your cat is turning out!" and my students respond with, "It's a horse..." Now I know to just ask what they're making.

Courtesy of Adventures of an Art Teacher. Enjoy :-).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Look At Current Events

With the Wisconsin union situation an ongoing, seemingly interminable mess, Jon Stewart took some time during the opening of The Daily Show to analyze the protagonists of these protests: the teachers fighting for collective bargaining rights.

So if you missed it, here it is: Jon Stewart Exposes The Lavish Lifestyle Of The American Public School Teacher

Collaborative Color Wheel

- Magazines
- Scissors
- Gluesticks
- Tagboard divided into 6 equal sections

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Micrographic Thumbprints

- White Drawing Paper
- Tracing Paper
- Pencils
- Erasers
- Extra Fine Point Sharpie
- Skinny Markers (optional)
- Ink for Thumbprints

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?

A chain I've received: 

  Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

     That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2 hours).

     Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day...maybe 30? So that's $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

That's $585 X 180= $105,300 per year 
(Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

     What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master's degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute -- there's something wrong here!

       There sure is! The average teacher's salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student--a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even educate your kids! WHAT A DEAL!!!!

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