On-line collages: art and assessment

If you are looking for a quick formative assessment or a way to let your artistic students shine, you have to visit Photovisi. Students simply select a template, drop the photos into place, and print to create their product.

Photo collages can be quick alternatives (or supplements) to an essay or quiz. Or for a student with a disability, they can be part of a larger assessment and used to highlight key skills a student has acquired over a period of time (e.g., photo of student learning to use communication device, photo of student working with peers).

Finally, you can use this tool to [Read more…]

Dozens of “artful” DI ideas

I could not have said it better myself! Amy, a Georgia-based art teacher, has written a post that should be shared widely with K-12 art teachers. She highlights dozens of ideas for making classrooms work for students with a range of needs, abilities, and [Read more…]

Roll-a-masterpiece

There are tons of ideas like this one out on Pinterest. Each game features a different artist and style. This one from Mrs. Humpal’s Art Room teaches about Picasso. By simply rolling the dice, students get to create their own masterpiece in a matter of minutes. There are so many neat things about this lesson. For one, it allows students to literally see elements of a style of art “broken down into smaller parts” to observe. Another thing I like about it, is that it allows [Read more…]

Treble clef music stations

If you have read Differentiation Daily at all in the last year or two, you know I love using stations to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. I especially love seeing stations in classrooms where we don’t often see them….like in the music teacher’s lesson plans. For this reason, I had to feature Mrs. King Music Class for the idea about [Read more…]

A GAME OF TAG IN MUSIC EDUCATION

We don’t feature enough content for music teachers on this blog, so I am thrilled to share a really neat lesson for students in K-12 music education today. As Emily on Emily’s Music Blog shares, this game of musical tag can be adapted in many different [Read more…]

COLLABORATIVE ART (AND RECYCLED TOO)

I love art that is collaborative in nature because it builds community and a sense of togetherness while allowing different students to contribute in different ways. Some students may draft the picture, while others organize the roles and responsibilities of the artists, for example. This bulletin board is especially cool because it [Read more…]

Graffiti board review

We try to feature (as much as possible) ideas that can be used across content areas so they may be repeated and learned across the school year. The graffiti board review is one such activity.

Mrs. Harris from Adventures of Room 129 uses this activity as an engaging review and as a way to get [Read more…]

What a scream!

Another great Halloween lesson comes from Ken Rohrer’s site, The Incredible Art Department. In this post, he links to an interesting CNN article about Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Using the information in the article, Rohrer suggests a range of ideas for teaching The Scream across subject areas. There are fantastic [Read more…]

FUN FRIDAY: Teaching the recorder in the differentiated classroom

If you are an elementary music teacher, you must read all about Cherie Herring’s experience using tablets and interactive white boards as tools for differentiating instruction. The post on Just a Little More is about teaching students to play the recorder. In it, Herring shares nearly a dozen ideas for [Read more…]

Differentiating for a lady, an owl, and a bat

Oh how I wish this blog was still active. It has so many DI-themed posts including this one on differentiating a fall lesson on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat”. Carrie must be a fantastic music teacher. She clearly sees DI as something for all students- not just a few. Her ideas are simple yet so [Read more…]