I'm a firm believer that the tone we set in the first week of school can influence the whole course. When planning what that time period would look like in my room this year, I wanted to accomplish the following:
- Create a culture of collaboration.
- Foster a problem-solving mindset.
- Intro my Design Process Thinking model.
- Start a conversation about originality that will be revisited in every lesson.
On day one I skip the rules and syllabus review. Instead, we played one of my favorite games - "What's in the Bag?". The task was to create an object that could shoot a projectile at least three feet. I love the moment I tell students we're doing this - I watch their eyes go from glazed over with boredom to alive and curious. It's a fun activity for kids but it's also an effective way to preview what the class will look like in terms of student responsibility for making decisions.
The next day, we started a short assignment about re-purposing ideas. The task: each group remixed an old master painting. The big idea I wanted my kids to take away from this experience is that artists need to be collectors of ideas that they have on file to use and adapt. It's a big paradigm shift that needs to happen to get where I want them to go.
Next week, it's on to Bootcamps. My goal is to fit more information in a shorter timespan by using a combo of flipping and google forms. Stay tuned!
9/3/2016 06:31:08 am
Thank you for the week at a glance, it looks like I am a week behind you in starting school and this was very inspirational for me!
9/3/2016 07:51:53 am
You're welcome, thanks for reading!
9/3/2016 07:28:32 am
Loving these ideas! We did a TASK party this year with huge success :)
9/3/2016 07:39:27 am
Yes- click on the text "What's in the Bag" in the post and it will take you to instructions!
9/3/2016 09:33:03 am
Hi! I love these ideas! I tried to find the remix app on my iPhone but all I could find is remix apps for music. What is the app's name and is it free or if not, how much does it cost? I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much!!
9/16/2018 08:49:29 pm
Hi, I love the ideas in this post. Do you have a lesson plan or step by step for the re-purposing ideas assignment? How do you set that up and what do they do? Thank you
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I'm interested in creating a student student centered space for my high school students through choice and abundant opportunity for self expression. I'm also a writer for SchoolArts co-author of The Open Art Room.