ART at school

I work in a school where we have a very active Arts Team and this week has been our Arts Week. We have one every two years and on alternate years we have our School Concert. 

Our Arts Team have been preparing for a full on week of exciting tasks. (Unfortunately, I have been sick and at home for the last three days).

Our school started off with a Flash Mob with all the staff and the roar of the children was so loud (570 kids make a lot of noise). We wanted to prove that we would go out of our comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. There is video evidence out there! '

Then for three one hour sessions we took workshops which the kids rotated through. Three hours of drumming is a looooong time.

Then on Tuesday we went to the local Art Gallery - we went on a walk to look at the local architecture, studied portraits, did some line drawings and saw an exhibition.

Wednesday was the day for class projects for the Art Display which was on Friday night. 
My replacement teacher and my team supported my grade to put together our project. 
Each grade was a given a letter of the alphabet - we got Y.
We had to research and come up with an idea for that letter for an arts project. 

Ours was 'Yummy Food'
We used plasticine to make mini models of food.
The QR code is the artist's statement.

Art is everywhere

The conversations we have about art allows us to have a real connection to others and their interpretation of the same piece - it is a window into perceptions of our world.

Our first interactions with art is in picture story books.
We are never too old to fall in love with picture story books. 
We are never too old to read them and wonder about the illustrations. 

Through illustrations we get to see and talk about animals, landscapes and how we move within them. 
We get to share in traditional stories, see how kids cope with issues and look at expressions on faces and try to work out how characters feel.

We fall in love with an author, a character and a story...

We are challenged by world issues and we get to try to understand why history repeats itself or how we learn from world events.

We get to learn about collections, we get to manipulate materials to show our learning. We explore maths concepts through art.

We draw characters and see if we have the same impressions as our classmates. 
We try to make sense of texts through art.

We do art just because it helps to make sense of things or just for enjoyment. 

We use our skills to design, to create and to build.

A world without Art would be a scary place.

Art Resources

Art Attack has a great website (when I was a kid they had a TV show too)

Pinterest has amazing ideas and this will take you to a board I have just started.

Art Books for kids, just a few...

Have a great time exploring our world through Art.

Paula from Paula's Place signing off

Hi there! Chantelle here from Miss Jacobs Little Learners Blog! Today I'm dedicating this post to exploring various assessment practices in the classroom.


Please note that there are LOTS of ways to conduct your assessment in the classroom but as you know, we are all different, and things that work for one teacher, may not necessarily work for another. It is good however, to try a few things and see what works for you. 

Call me 'Old Skool' but hard copy checklists are definitely my preferred assessment method in the classroom. I like to create a little Assessment Book or Folder to house all my checklists and anecdotal notes. I like how this allows for all my assessment to be in one place and I just carry it around with me and I rove around the room working with individual students.

I find it best to have separate folders/books for each subject area. I am currently using the following Assessment folders with my Grade 1 class:

Guided Reading Book (Reading)
Student Conferences Folder (Reading)
Maths Assessment Checklist Book (Mathematics)



All of my Assessment Checklists are available in my TPT store:

                                  Reading Assessment                                                       Maths Checklists

I then have folders with all of my students actual assessments in there. These folders stay in my Office as another form of evidence of student progress.

Maths Assessment (Maths CATS)
Reading Assessment (Running Records and Sight Word, Letter ID tests)
Writing Assessment Folder (Writing CATS)

Some teachers like having digital checklists. These can either be a 'tick' system or even colour coded. I know some teachers I work with like to create checklists and fill in the table using colours like green, yellow and red. This gives you a quick visual representation of the areas of need in your classroom in particular subject areas.

Green - student has achieved outcome
Yellow - student has achieved part of outcome
Red - student has not achieved outcome

These sorts of checklists can be made using programs like Excel or Word. Simply create a table and type in the learning outcomes up the top and your students names on the side. Fill in the boxes using the 'Shade' tool.

Socrative: Formative Assessment Tool

Socrative is a website (also available in an app) that assists teachers in instantly obtaining information about what their students know. Teachers can easily create their own quizzes and tests while students use their devices to answer them. Teachers are instantly given their results as evidence which can be stored and filed for future reference.

See a YouTube Tutorial on Socrative HERE


iDoceo is a place for you to house all your checklists and student results. It is a purchased app ($17.99). You can create class lists for each of your subjects (if you teach multiple subjects or classes) and add photos of your students as a visual reminder. It also has a feature where you can take photos of your students assessments and attach them to each individual child to allow you to access their tasks at any time. 

Although this tool takes a long time to set up, once its all up and running its very user friendly and will save you loads of time and paper!

Just done forget to charge your iPad! :P

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