Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The End is Near!

We have five weeks left of school! Where has this school year gone? I am simultaneously horrified and thrilled. I still have so much I want to do with my students! I can't wait to float in the pool! The excitement is clearly at hand for everyone and now that testing is over that excitement will be felt more than ever. Believe it or not this a great time to review some of your positive discipline procedures for your classroom. You are going to need them. Here are some pointers from "Teaching With Love and Logic.
1. Become a broken record.
These one-liners have neutralized many tantrums and arguments over the past two years. The key is to repeat the phrase with as little emotion as possible. If a student is trying to engage you in conflict you can try the following:
“I respect you too much to argue.”
“I’m sorry to hear that, but what did I say?” (In response to a direction).
“Thanks for sharing.”

2. Use the word, “bummer.”
I use this word when I observe a student making a poor choice or after I listen to a complaint or tattle. I also usually also pair it with an “ugh, man” sort of sound effect. You can avoid arguing, lectures, and drawn out conversations by using this one word, but be VERY careful to not sound sarcastic.

3. Walk away.
Avoid further conflict that has the potential to escalate. This technique is usually paired with one of the following statements:
“I’ll check on you when you’re calm.”
“I’ll speak with you when we’re both calm.”

4. Delay consequences.
This strategy is similar to walking away. It allows both you and the student to cool down and think clearly. Students also do more thinking and reflecting as they await a consequence. You can say something like the phrase below and then follow up with the student later.
“Bummer, I’m going to have to do something about this. I need to think about it though. Try not to worry.”

5. Provide choices for a solution.
If you have students that are having a difficult time dealing with tough situations or making good decisions, you can help them out by offering a few solutions they can choose to pursue. In this way, you allow them to take charge of their own problems and learn to build healthy relationships with others. A phrase you might consider is:
“I’m sorry to hear that. Would you like to hear some ideas about what other people have done (or might do) in your situation?”

6. Place responsibility on the student.
This is what Love and Logic is all about. You remove yourself and your emotions. You also help your students to gain responsibility, autonomy, and problem-solving skills. You can say things like:
“I’m sorry you made that choice.”
“And what are you going to do 

7. Turn your words into gold.
It's amazing to see the difference in student responses to a phrase like, "I'll begin when it's quiet, versus, "Be quiet!" Tweaking the way you word things can make a huge impact.

This is a great place to start, but I highly recommend reading the entire book! Light reading while floating in the pool? Maybe so! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Habits of Mind in the Classroom

Friday, January 30, 2015

Marz Jr. - Cityscape Lesson

Saturday, November 8, 2014

History of Bas Relief

Relief Sculpture Lesson Ideas

Follow Jenn's board relief sculpture on Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Although not an original idea by any means, this iPortrait lesson is still a fun one and one of my favorites. As more art teachers start to embrace technology in their classrooms, I thought it would be beneficial to share it again.

Here is a PowerPoint that describes the steps:
I pod people from thecrayonlab

I have also included the lesson plan so you can take it and GO! Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions: thecrayonlab@gmail.com!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Summer Fun!

I could not be more excited for summer and all the fun it brings. My first stop is going to be teaching at the Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference! Have you been before? It used to be called the High Museum Summer Institute. This year they are working with all the other parts of the Woodruff to put on one amazing conference! I hope I have time to take something too!  I will be teaching about augmented reality and how to use that in your classroom to make learning come alive. It is relatively new to me and I have only started using it this year. Follow along with me this summer as many more resources start to pop-up here so that you can learn too!