I want to give some examples of what worked for me, what inspired me, and then some lesson plan ideas that have stemmed from what everyone has taught. The first thing I remember really taking to was how everyone had something they had either known for years or learned that week. None of us claimed to be experts, and although some plans went more smoothly than others, we all shared valuable information and gave the class something to take with them. Katie guided us as a group in meditation; during her readings I was impressed at where my mind went. Not only was I able to relax in the midst of a busy semester, I was able to clear my head to think about very little (a resource in itself). I thought about how amazing it would be for my students to find one Friday a month dedicated to meditation, relaxation and the art of zen.
When MacKenzie guided the class in the creation of inflatable design, I was inspired to try this with my (frightening to a photographer) 3D design class and to spread the word about the possibilities of recycling in the art room. For example, in writing the first few weeks of my lesson plans for next semester, I thought about what a good ice-breaker exercise this would be. Not only would students become instantly used to collaborating with one another, but it would get them out of their stale seats and moving around the room. When Geli lead us through the Japanese bookmaking demo, I was thinking of ten different ways to use this in my classroom. This too has become part of my first week of thesis teaching; the students will be using the bookmaking techniques to create a large portfolio to hold their work throughout the semester. Not only will they draw their names on them (which will help me to learn them), but they will create something that they can use.
Luella blew us all away with her spoken word poetry. I thought about how I could incorporate both spoken word and writing into the classroom, and have come up wit ha photography project which requires students to take a page from their journal (something else I am incorporating as a walk-in-first-five-minutes project) to place text over an image. This will allow those who want to read their poetry aloud to do so, give me the opportunity to show some spoken word examples in the classroom, and also get the kids writing. Amanda showed us a website (www.xtranoral.com) that allows you to design a movie, you supply the text and create the characters. I can definitely see teaching narrative in this way. Students would not only have the opportunity to write and direct their own films, but they would have the ability to do it for free. This is a tool that as teachers we can use with our students to create a collaborative movie project, or get each person involved in making a minute-long dialogue between two characters.
I hope this one works: http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/5799199
What I have taken away from this class experience is truly a plethora of ideas. Through viewing and experiencing all different types of talents and knowledge that our classroom contained, I have at least a semester’s worth of activities to share with my students. Thank you to everyone, I am glad to have such an excellent group of people to guide this class along.