I figured before I share anything else, I better share the guiding force behind the workings of my classroom. That way, you have a clear foundation for what my students and I are aiming toward in the coming year.
So, there it is folks. It is a work in progress every year, always being tweaked and changed to share a better picture of what I want my kids to really take away from their time in my room. As you can see, this year I went with the theme of, “Be in your right mind!” (even though they decided to put out new research about the holistic functioning of the brain like a day after I put this up…darn scientists. Anyway…) Since switching to TAB, my focus has really turned away from product and is very much grounded in planning and process. I just want my kids to believe that they have really cool ideas. Because they do. And it’s awesome.
“In art class, we will be in our RIGHT MINDS!” We will create original works of art with confidence but we will know that art is not only about making things. It is about learning how to think in new ways and explore new solutions to problems both big and small. In art class we show respect to each other, to our space, and to our time because we know that to waste time means to waste our potential and no one in their right mind would risk that!”
I have contemplated adding, “We will be able to lead ourselves and will take ownership of our minds and actions” to the end. Like I said, it is ever-changing.
This student friendly version was whittled down from this document outlining the nuts and bolts of what it is I want my students to be able to do and say. 2013-2014 Vision
As an added bonus, I really love the overall picture for humanities classes that Jacob outlined this year. His thoughtfulness and holistic approach has been really inspiring to my vision and the content I plan to teach in my classroom this year. See part of his humanities vision below!
|As Humanities teachers, we cultivate students who are…
… confident participants in their cultural and historical context that can articulate and explain the significance of their own as well as others’ identities and believe in their voice within their community, state, nation, and world.
… creative thinkers that can express their own thoughts and ideas in new and original forms, arguing and advocating for their own perspectives. They make decisions that demonstrate strong intellectual opinions, expressing their unique point of view.
… critical thinkers that can problem-solve around challenges and mistakes, and can make deep analytical statements. They uncover the implicit themes, arguments, and ideas within and across cultures, texts, artworks, performance pieces, or languages, and determine how – and why – these are being conveyed.
… life-long scholars that express constant curiosity about the world and people around them. They hunger for continued growth, seeking opportunities that further their development, challenging themselves, taking risks, generating original and creative ideas, demonstrating outstanding technical skills, and learning from mistakes.