Friday, August 16, 2013

STEAM Thoughts

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STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math. I admit that is a struggle to truly integrate this stuff in a once a week class, for forty-five minutes, with students in grades third through fifth. I was trolling around one of my favorite resources, Art Ed 2.0, and came across a posting on "automata" (see link and image above). It sort of fits into what I would like to do with my robot unit, but I would rather have students come up with their own experiments with the sculpture rather than say, "Everyone use a box and a gear." Still, showing a few of the videos is a very strong jumping off point. Then, there is the technology piece---I am hoping for some robot research led by students, but other than that, I am looking for the right hook. Possibilities: Robot apps? Bring your own device for research? Adobe Illustrator robots? Managing all that choice-based learning? One thing I learned from my Edmodo/tech/programming unit: there will still be a few students who do not want to do anything but draw and paint, and you have to honor their feelings.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

2013/14 Roadmap

Like most teachers, August is when you go into hyper-planning mode: all those ideas and inspiration that have been popping into your head over the summer now need to be typed up, posterized, or put into some useable format. Each year, I do a curriculum map, which really is my roadmap for the year. Sometimes we might take a longer, more "scenic route", but the overall path is there for me, all aligned to the standards. Here is the 2013/14 version:

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The Sketchbook Project: 2011

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