If I had to pick the second most popular topic I've conversed with other art teachers about, it has to be documentation and reflection. Back in the day, it was blogging which was something I thought I would continue at South B. However, many of the popular blogging sites are blocked by our school district. I needed something that was user friendly, that could be accomplished without trips to the computer lab, and that had an app so students could complete posts on their phones. Seesaw fit the bill.
Did you Seesaw?
The two biggest Seesaw questions we considered were:
1. How often should students post?
2. What should they write about when reflecting on their work?
We tried several combinations including posting every day, posting at different intervals of a project, and posting once a week. In the end, simplicity and efficiency won.
In 2018, every student will post their weekly accomplishments once a week on Friday. They will do this regardless of whether they are finished, are in the middle of their project, or are just starting.
Along with a photo of their work, they will add a caption and answer one of the following four questions:
If they are still working on the piece and it isn't finished, they select one of the following topics as their photo caption prompt:
1. Describe your intended vision for this artwork. What are you trying to express or accomplish by creating this work?
2. Describe what you are trying to learn or improve by creating this artwork. (a new technique, medium, style, etc.)
If they completed their piece and it is finished, they select one of the following topics as their photo caption prompt:
1. Describe how you grew artistically by creating this artwork. Did you advance in your skills, learn new techniques, create a better composition, or solve new problems?
2. What goals are you setting for next week? Will you be exploring a new medium, learning a new technique, working in a particular style, solving a new problem, taking a risk, etc?
But this is the cart before the horse. What are these projects they'll be posting about? Enter The Nine.
This is part two of a five part series. Read the rest here:
Part 1 Grading | Part 3 Subject Based Choice | Part 4 Introducing Media | Part 5 Teaching Technique
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