Well, the second semester has begun. Where has this school year gone??
I have been accepted to the “Feed Your Soul” Summer Teacher Institute at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, that’s at the end of June. I am SUPER excited as a few colleagues that I met at last year’s Summer Teacher Institute in Florida also got accepted so we are stoked to be meeting up again.
What else….the school is apparently trying to unblock WordPress again, but I changed the blogging this semester to only when they finish a project, so we’ll see if that will be better. They haaaated the other site I had to use when WordPress got blocked, and they built up quite a resentment to blogging, so now they either create a StopMotion video of their project or blog a big entry at the end of their project. I wanted it to be organic, and it wasn’t so I didn’t want to fight it. This meant that I now grade more vigorously for in-class participation, which is fine. I should have been anyway, but now their grade is more dependent on being there and working than before.
I’ve been not on Twitter as much, but that’s okay. It became so much to keep up with it all. I’m doing a January Photo Challenge, so that’s been good, but other than that, it’s been pretty quiet on my account.
The Fine Arts Fair is in a few months, MARCH!!!!, so I’m trying to prepare for that too.
Alright, that’s all I’ve got!
Well, the school officially blocked WordPress to my students, after saying there were too many “content” issues. I’m super bummed. After all the hard work of getting them all set up and everything, and it’s just flushed down the drain.
So, to finish up the semester, I had to switch them all over to Kidblog and get them going. I’m not super impressed with it, as it’s still really glitchy and not posting any easier (they get error messages constantly).
So, here’s the new links for blogs:
They are easier to grade, I will say that. I didn’t have to make a feed, as the site’s main page for each class is basically a feed in itself. It just frustrates me with it’s lack of being able to build out from the blog into a full-blown website.
Always changing and adjusting…..
Well, we announced to Twitter and my entire staff that my art kids were bloggin’, and let the school we’re partnering with know that we were ready for comments. Now, I get emails CONSTANTLY about students following my students’ blogs, my blog, and commenting on my students’ work. It’s AWESOME. I am loving the interaction and seeing my students’ faces light up when they get a comment. I had one student who got nine comments within the CLASS PERIOD. NINE. It was crazy! So, I’m trying to push them into commenting back organically, but it might have to be an assignment, since they don’t seem too interested in paying it forward. This generation is about instant gratification, but not so much about giving it, if that makes sense. I’m thinking I might want them to “partner” up with students through the blogs and comment back and forth. We’ll see.
I’ve been trying to update my site so it’s more than just a blog, check it out!
Until next time…
Hey All! Students blogs are LIVE and IN ACTION!!! Feel free to comment and leave them words of encouragement on their blogging journey! Their instructions have been to post an image of their work at the end of the class time and write what they got done in the class period, with as much detail as possible. Some are on the right track. It’s pretty exciting!!
You can also view a live feed here:
Art 2D (H1):
Art 2D (H4):