My first classes arrive in our Visual Arts Room tomorrow so last week Mrs Vella and I spent some time reorganizing the work tables, Reading Corner, supply tables etc into a new arrangement.The Teacher Challenge had asked that we visit other Blogs and in doing so I discovered The Teaching Palette where I got some great Art Room tips which I put into action. Photographing the room I felt its bare appearance and likened it to a blank canvas.Tomorrow we start the 2011 year with some drawing related to Initial letters and Graeme Base’s illustrations. The Art Room has no soul without the students’ creative ideas and their colourful work displayed. Soon our Room will be a work of Art again. Whether it will be a masterpiece will be up to us all. Welcome back everyone.
The great thing about a challenge is that it encourages you to try something you might otherwise put in the ”too hard basket”. For some months I have been intending to put a series of my photos together in Animoto so, as part of Activity 5 of the Teacher Challenge , I finally gave it a try. I hope you will be inspired to give it a go if you haven’t as yet. I used the Basic level which is free. The most difficult part was finding 10 images which told a story and then deciding on suitable music from the hundreds available. The music on these presentations can often be surprisingly loud so it might be a good idea to set it a little lower before you view.
Our second task in the Teacher Blogging Challenge is to refer in a post to some posts by other bloggers which we have found interesting. I have chosen Larry Ferlazzo and Rod Lucier as my Rolls Royce bloggers because of their “overall excellence” as writers, the “build quality” of their blogs and the lasting impression they have had on me as an educator. Their posts are effective because of the thinking they encourage and because of the practical help their links provide. I liken their consistent excellence to that of Rolls Royce cars. I took the photos at the RACV Great Australian Car Rally last Sunday. The well recognized statue on the front of the Rolls Royce is the Spirit of Ecstasy.
Lion Mask by Tahlia Grade 6 2009 at Taylors Lakes Primary School
8.Blogging creates a picture of what we’re about…… from the smaller parts to the “bigger picture”.
Grade 6 Mosaic, designed by Erika (pictured) presented at Graduation to Acting Principal Chris Sevior
9.Blogging fosters creativity…….. and also allows for our individuality.
Junk Sculpture by Mariam of Grade 4, Taylors Lakes Primary School.
10.Blogging is the creation of an Art form…… it allows us to appreciate, celebrate and embrace the learning fostered by the Blog’s existence.
Screen Capture of Visual Arts @Taylors Lakes Primary School Blog hosted by Edublogs.In conclusion, I highly recommend Blogging as a learning experience. It has enhanced my learning and teaching and, in so doing, enhanced my life.
Best Wishes on your own Blogging journey, Yvonne Osborn, Melbourne, Australia firstname.lastname@example.org