Sunday, October 25, 2015

Yearbook Contests

'Tis the season for contests. Drawing contests could easily take up an entire year's worth of curriculum if you let them. I try to be very choosy about which contests we participate in, but there is one that most art teachers can't avoid. Yearbook Cover!

As an art teacher I can see the value in the yearbook cover. It's not going to hang in the hall for a week and get torn down. It's not being shipped out of state and we never ever hear back about who (if anyone) ever won.

So, I am totally down with yearbook cover contests. And as the yearbook advisor, this works out just fine for me! But in case you are NOT the yearbook advisor, here's a lesson plan to get you through the one contest your principal will not allow you to skip.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Throw your sponge away

I have to put this idea out here to the universe because it makes so much sense to me, but no one else does it. I don't give kids sponges to clean up unless there is a tsunami of water spilled. I keep seeing the pinterest job board signs of table washers and turbo dryers and I don't get it.

Ready for my clean up plan? It's gonna blow your mind. 

No sponges.

When they wash & dry their hands, they use that paper towel which is now partially damp to wipe off their desk. It almost always has the perfect amount of water on it, and it doesn't need to be dried.

Free poster you can print and tape above your sink to remind them not to toss that towel.