In my art room, students learn so much more than just drawing or painting. Students explore a wide variety of mediums while participating in projects that integrate with what they are learning in their homerooms.
My students are a diverse bunch.
They come from a wide variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Different cultures are represented everywhere at our school and particularly celebrated in the art room. Our school is a Title I school with 85% of students receiving free and reduced lunch. More than half of our students participate in a two-way Spanish immersion program. For our Spanish immersion students, even art class is in Spanish!
In my first year as an art teacher at this school, I have learned the importance of relationship building. I set up my classroom so that students always know what to do and I can focus on helping each individual be successful. One of the biggest challenges in the art room is creating meaningful work for early finishers so that I can devote my attention to those who need a little extra push to complete their projects. The Friendly Loom allows up to eight students to work on a collaborative weaving piece while developing their motor skills. I envision having the loom be an option for students who finish early as well as those who need to take a quiet break.
This loom will support my goal of creating a classroom community where all students are engaged and successful.
It will help create a calm learning environment where I can give each student the attention he or she deserves. The finished weaving will be a multi-age, collaborative piece that can be displayed to reinforce the sense of community at our school.
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