Teacher Tips and Tricks

There are some things “they” don’t teach in “teacher school” and ya know…”they” should. Based on inspiration from @MrsHallScholars and @peachsandgrades, I thought a quick post about putting together classrooms might be helpful. No, I’m not talking “Pinterest-Ready Rooms” (mine is far from that) but just some hacks if you want to do some things for students. PLEASE: If you have any tips or tricks I didn’t mention, please post a comment or on Twitter! @mrskellylove Things to make: Making big posters Making anchor charts Bulletin boards Hardware: Put these items in your tool kit: X-acto blade and extra blades…

Art Decider.

Edit: Please read this first. Her work is powerful on this topic:https://medium.com/@AliMCollins/lets-talk-about-the-stereotypes-in-the-washington-murals-93912905c93c @ArtDecider is a sharp Twitter user who built their reputation on deciding what is art or not art on tweets. And I have yet to disagree with their decision. And wouldn’t life be simple if we could just look to one Twitter user to determine these things? Well, simple, but boring, and disengaging. Which is why I am grateful to Alison M. Collins @AliMCollins for her thoughts and bringing this to my attention: Jumping in on this thread to ask for help. BIPOC Ss and Ps have been…

Summer Series of Saves: Art

i am too scatter-brained to post every #fanartfriday so im just gonna periodically drop the EPIC #childrenofbloodandbone fan art you guys create! #cbb started b/c I saw magical art of black people for the first time in my life, & now you angels give me this gift everyday πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– pic.twitter.com/b0GfjdknUk β€” Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) July 28, 2018 What an amazing idea: no matter the artistic skills of your students, have them imagine and describe the characters in the books we love. #fanart #projectLIT

Heroic measures: the loud quiet moment

“39. We must learn that when our art reveals a secret of the human soul, those watching it may try to shame us for making it. (p. 70). The Artist’s Way: Morning Pages Journal, Julia Cameron.” Notice the moments. Notice the tiny moments that may seem insignificant, but are what we look for: make the invisible visible. Notice: Young sweet student passing who loved the adults in the building loved with his whole heart, and loved belonging to my Minecraft Club* Group of students working yesterday, talking to each other about the assignment, holding each other accountable, without ANY reminders…

Pathos, logos, and ethos take a holiday.

In addition to short films, commercials can be another valuable asset. Many commercials live on multiple places on Bloom’s Taxonomy, and certainly any argumentative reading and writing unit worth its salt contains at least one or two commercials to support a conversation about pathos, ethos, and logos. I just found this site this morning. This first ad can bring up so many relatable conversation points. To quote John Spencer, “What’s so odd is that people have been creating art, writing letters, and talking about their food for years. Museums are filled with foodies and selfie shots. We just call them…

As the girls grow…

My three Colorado amigas, the ladies I’ve known since middle school astound me. If I could present a tableau of the three of them, and show my middle school students, all genders, what the possibilities are for them outside of the testing and the tardy slips, beyond the perceived limitations, oh what a powerful message that would be. So much discussion about ‘career and college ready,’ and the decline of cultural literacy, and here three of my dearest friends who’ve created lives based on things that will never be on a standardized test. One of my greatest frustrations is trying…

Made from scratch.

Hear ye, hear ye: I’m going to make stuff this summer. Make a mess. Make do. Make it work. Make peace, not war. You get the idea. I’ve been playing with Pixelmator, and having a grand time. I told my husband last night that it reminds me of what I loved about being a printmaker during my BFA days: repetitional visual mantras, deconstructing, layering, and chemical, and now digital, accidents that create something uncontrollable and unexpected. These are what I love about printmaking. I miss the lithographic stones, the acid baths of metal plates, and the cool, damp sheets of…