art and teaching




With Spring comes a busy flurry of student activities.  I find that my calendar fills up way faster in April and May with in-school residencies, and other school-wide events.   We’ve been very busy learning about Democracy and the Election process in Social Studies – our students participated in Student Vote, and were almost bang on with the way the Election results actually were reported!   A testament to the research and critical thinking skills our students have developed.

In Science, we’ve been busy at work learning about Sky Science – the moon, sun, stars, planets, and space technology!   This unit is always a favourite amongst the kids, as they love the chance for inquiry, and deep exploration about the great big universe we live in!

My Grade 6s just finished their first Provincial Achievement Test in Writing.  They had to write a short story based on a picture prompt, as well as a newspaper article based on information they were given.   I’m not a supporter of standardized testing but want all my students to be successful in a system that I can’t singlehandedly change.   So we did some test prep, and we talked about ways to de-stress and take care of our mental health.   This group did very well based on my first glances, and they seemed calm and cool about the whole thing.

I managed to get a large piece of wood installed outside my classroom so our class debated and discussed a theme, and then sketched images based on that theme, and then democratically we voted on the top 3 designs.  I took those 3 and combined them to create a great mural for this year.   The best part about the wood is that we will be re-painting it over and over again so the art changes with our learning 🙂

Here are some photos of some of the going ons in our busy Room 14!

Painting our Train Mural - keep on moving!
Painting our Train Mural – keep on moving!
Drumming residency
Drumming residency
Student Vote day!
Student Vote day!
Paper Mache bowls for our Healthy Eating Unit in French and Health!
Paper Mache bowls for our Healthy Eating Unit in French and Health!

Top Albums of 2013 – According to Me


Okay here we go, my annual music list.  Click the track links for a little preview of what I’m talking about 🙂

1. Tegan & Sara: Heartthrob

Listened to this album almost on repeat during the summer, driving from Los Angeles, to Vegas, and back up to Calgary.  Catchy songs, and a definite staple in my music collection.

Fave tracks: Drove Me Wild, Now I’m All Messed Up

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1. Sigur Ros – Valtari

2. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

3. Moonrise Kingdom OST

4. Godspeed! You Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

6. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

7. Marina & the Diamonds – Electra Heart


My other blog – list of my favourite albums from 2012

Artsy Love: My favourite albums of 2012

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