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Re: [teacherartexchange] New teacher Units advice needed!


From: Sharon Kawczynski (sharynn_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Aug 03 2009 - 06:24:30 PDT

Can that lesson plan be found anywhere? Or do you have info on how to get
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From: "Cheryl Lloyd" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 4:57 PM
Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] New teacher Units advice needed!

I worked with the classroom teachers last year and integrated the art. If
they were doing autiobiographies, we did self-portraits, etc. The only
issue I had was getting the info from the teachers. Teachers get so busy
and had a hard time even forwarding me skills/units that they were working
on. Maybe you could get a calendar from teachers before the school year

I am planning on combining grade level projects as well. I think it will be
ok. I have always been amazed at how much more students do than I ever can
come up with, so I am just going to be encouraging the higher grade levels
in each group to take the lesson a little further than the lower grade. For
kindergarten I am going to do separate lessons on the alphabet that I got
from Jeryl Hollingsworth (THANK YOU!!) at the National Conference. She
presented a curriculum that tied into a letter per lesson. I am working
with my kindergarten teachers to match up with the letters that they are
teaching in the classroom each week.

Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
From: Emmy Wood
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 11:19 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] New teacher Units advice needed!

Thanks Cherl!
I like your suggestion for organizing instruction around an art theme- the
time line sounds awesome! Since I am also teaching computers, I have been
thinking about working in Internet research- and integrating it with my art
curriculum- Now I am thinking I will find out what the classroom teachers
are teaching in history/social studies and science, and focus on those ares
for my art and tech. lessons.
I am stealing your master artist idea- what a cool way to reinforce positive
behavior and let the parents know- I was thinking of making some sort of
award ribbon or something- but I like the bookmark idea too! I love the
"Love and Logic" principles- how I parent, and I am reading Setting Limits
in the Classroom by Makcenzie right now which is very similar to Love and
Logic, and a bit enlightening- talks about various management styles (with
examples), and illuminates how what is said, or how it is said can really
effect how a drama plays out, or power struggles begin in the classroom.
Not very art-room oriented, but still helpful- one of you guys should write
a specials classroom management book! There is definitely a need for it :)

I am facing a different sort of dilemma in my planning: I have pre-school-
8th grade to teach, so 9 levels (if I combine K and Pre together) but there
is only one class of each grade (thankfully). The way I am thinking about
setting up my lesson planning is dividing the school into levels (beginning,
intermediate and advanced). The Catholic school curriculum strands are
divided- K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th. Do you guys think this is a logical
breaking point to keep my sanity this first year- I will teach the same set
of lessons to the beginning (K-2nd) level students, intermediate (3rd-5th),
advanced (6th-8th)- with some modifications as it seems necessary.
I get sort of panicky remembering how different 3rd graders are from 5th,
and how sometimes 2nd graders seem more similar to 3rd than K. Ahhhhh!
Thanks for all your help!! And Sue, I'm glad we are sort of in this together

Emmy in Colorado

Subject: RE: New teacher Units advice needed!
From: Cheryl Lloyd
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:15:07 -0700
X-Message-Number: 4

Hi Sue and Emmy,
Sue, I did the same thing that you are doing (I taught third grade for seven
years before art), and I don't think you will regret the move! Congrats to
you both.

I started out teaching the same element or principle of art for all my
elementary grade levels. I have learned to think about the prep of the
lessons. I tried to keep a few of my classes with easy prep and a few with
more time consuming prep. If at all possible, keeping grade levels back to
back is very helpful in planning.

When I started teaching art, it was the first structured art class my
students had and the elements were very important. Now, I am finding that
they are getting very strong in the elements and need something different.
So this year I am going to be teaching a movement in art per month and
creating a timeline with all my students. I now plan to have a rotation
every few years. Elements of art, Art Movements, Artist a Month, etc. This
was an AH HA! idea I got from the national conference. I haven't tried it
yet, but I am very excited to try it out this year, especially with the King
Tut exhibit in San Francisco that I hope to take a few classes to this fall.

Ultimately, classroom management is the most important part of teaching in
my opinion. Harry Wong's book is great. Procedures are key! I give each
table a name (line, form, shape, etc. - this year it will be Cave Artists,
Gothic Artists, Impressionists, etc.) I also pick one student at the end of
class to be my Master Artist the next week. This student has show exemplary
attitude and effort. I give the student a 'Master Artist Bookmark' to remind
them and to show their parents. The following week that student is my
helper for the day (passes out sketchbooks, materials, demonstrates

I realize this post is probably scattered. I am certainly not back into
school mode yet, but I hope it helps a little.

Good luck!
Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology

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