Art of Ed: Online Conference

I am so excited for the online conference tomorrow… Looking forward to seeing all the great presenters and answering Q and A after my session.

I just hope you won’t all be freaked out by my many silly expressions during the video.


Want to read my past posts about the “Artistic Habits around the room?” here is the original post.


Do you want some resources? 

  • AH lesson plan This is the 1 pager lesson plan.
  • AH game table directions This is what I printed out and put on the tables, along with pictures of my tables.
  • AH notes This is the questions I asked kids to consider as they worked. We do school-wide cornell notes… hence the format.
  • AH_Answers These are the group answers we collected over a few days of sharing at the beginning or end of each period.
  • AH_modified This was my modified notes sheet for my special ed and english language learner students.
  • AH_quiz2 This was a quiz I gave at the end.Untitled

Do you want more? Tell me what you need in the comments below. I promise not to make this face when I read your comment!

…And now for some conference LIVE Q and A:

Q: I have 660 students in a week, how can you TAB that (& meet standards, get the grading done)?

A: I luckily only have 180 kids per week. but it is an endless job that I give over 10+ hours a day

Q: Are there any visuals of what this looks like?

A: there were images in the video, but you can also look at my first post on the unit here is the original post. AND stay tuned in a few weeks… I will be repeating this unit with my new semester and will post new images.

Q: What is the size of your room, seating, and typical number of students? We are in a VERY small space and wondering how this might work.

A: My room is pretty small compared to most art rooms I have seen. I have usually 30 students per period. I have 6 giant tables that fit between 4-8 kids. Since I don’t have enough room for these tables to be separate, they are in 2 L-shapes and the final 2 are separate making a big square that hugs the counters in the room. I will post a cool new “bubble” soon!

Q: what age groups do you teach?

A: grades 6-8 often mixed together in the same class.

Q: what were the list of words…they were great

A: They are from a “Cranium” brand mini game sold at Starbucks many years ago. It does not seem to be available anymore… but the are Pictionary type words.

Q: Do your table activities link to each other or build up skills from one table to the other?

A: the tables are usually stand alone and don’t build on each other, kids are each starting on different tables, so they can’t be sequential.

Q: with cards do you include translations for ELL?

A: good question! most of my ELL kids do have some reading skills. I haven’t done this with level 1 kids. I think I would make a special card stack if I knew I would have kids that low. I often do have to explain what some of the words are, because even the Native English speakers don’t seem to know what they are. (like Clawfoot Bathtub for example)

Q: Do you assign students to centers or let them choose?

A: students were allowed to pick a group of 5 kids to be their “team” for this unit.

Q: When or what time did it take for you transform your classroom into TAB centers?

A: it has been a constantly evolving process over the past 10 years!

Q; How did kids know when to switch stations? Do you use a timer? Do they have to go to the next station or do they have an option to stay?

A: For ALL of my “around the room” games we all switch at the same time. I do use a timer. after we have cycled thru the 5-6 centers I have a “go back” day that allows them to return to a center that they missed due to absences, or one that they just didn’t finish.