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first Few Minutes of Class


From: Berg, Renee (Renee.Berg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 14:00:31 PDT

The other art teacher and I built up a file of what we call Critical
Thinking CT files. We have a file for each grade. When the kids come into
the room they go to a basket with their classes CT activities of the day,
they grab a sheet, and go to their desk and do the activity. Some are
drawing activities, some are writing activities. They require using no more
then a pencil or colored pencil, provided at the desks. They work about 15
min. quietly, in my class, while I take attendance and talk to kids about
missing work, ect. They list the activity in a folder and put the activity
in the folder and store it in their cubby. They hand it in every 2 weeks
and we grade it. It is worth 10 pts. Our class period is 90 min. and our
kids are 6-8th grade. I did a similar activity at High School, but the
activity was on the overhead and we called it an anticipatory set.

We just got our in-service news. We have a speaker coming to talk about
Differentiated Instruction. It is the new buzz phrase for South Dakota.
Anyone else out there hearing this? They just added a fancy name to what
we've been doing for years, adjusting the curriculum for different learning
levels in your class.
Ta Ta, Renee
-----Original Message-----
From: Judy Decker []
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 10:52 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Osborne's- "door lock" idea - first minutes of class

This is such a great idea! I am thinking about "stealing" it for
myself..I have thought for a long time about having an "Art Journal"
where the kids would write just the first minute or two of class (have
to be there on time to get it done but can write as soon as they enter
the room if early)....Same idea --but I wouldn't collect it everyday
because I am not that organized (maybe collect and look over on
Fridays?..Student will have just a minute or two then the journals are
collected?). I don't have trouble with kids being late---but I would
like to set the tone for art.

Woody does a question of the day, I think? (will have to check his

Good thing I still have some time to mull it over--- you poor folks
out there who are starting so soon!

I teach middle school....When I come up with some ideas I will post to
the list.
Maybe something like:

"This is what is bugging me today -- I want to forget about it during
art class" (hmmm....good thing I gave them an eraser in their survival

"This is something that happened that was good today -- I want to show
it in my artwork" (hmmm...maybe they will use those pencils I gave
them in their survival kits)

"This is something that is bugging me today -- that I can not put out
of my mind -- I would like some help with this" (and the kids would
know that they can come and talk to me later about it....that band aid
will come in handy)

If anyone needs the "Survival Kit" - e-mail off list and I will send
it to you via attachment (

Judy Decker