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Last year I made it a personal goal to ask more questions and begin encouraging my students to ask more questions. I feel like these are still things which I need to work on. This year I've been studying about "Growth Mindset" (developing positive attitudes toward & habits of learning which improve learning) and sharing my motivations or purposes for teaching with students. As part of this I'm introducing classroom "Touchstone Creeds." These aren't negative rules or policies and procedures, they're positive goals which ideally we will all agree to aspire to as a class as sort of a social compact.

Assignment from Summer Course on Character Education:

"Now that we have looked at the different positive character traits and virtues, and reflected on the qualities found in a community of virtue, decide on a Touchstone Creed for your classroom that will be the vision that will frame everything that happens inside your classroom.
In general, a Touchstone is a basis of comparison, a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. It sets the measure for all subsequent worth. A Character Touchstone is a concise, memorable guide to right behavior. It is not a complete moral system, but a summary that is easy to remember and to teach. It is a short list of rules to which you can refer automatically in moments of stress or indecision. In a classroom (or school-wide) a Touchstone provides resonance, sets expectations and unifies."

I've always used structural frameworks to teach visual art. Discipline Based Art Education
(DBAE) consists of Art History, Design/Aesthetics, of course actual Art Making and Art Criticism. Art Criticism involves critical thinking skills such as description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. It's always a challenge to get students to talk about each other's work in a positive, supportive atmosphere. You always imagine a "creative community," almost like a miniature artists' colony in your classroom. Unfortunately immaturity and social dynamics don't always permit that. Just a few of the virtues that I hope to have my Art students adopt are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Expression, Vision, Curiosity, Creativity, Aesthetics. Those and keeping your hands off of other people's projects and cleaning up after themselves!

BV ART STUDENTS (7th-12th Grades):
We respect each other as artists
We push ourselves
We learn from mistakes and celebrate each other's successes

Not everyone will be able to manage to enroll in art classes every year. But I want to make you aware of possible projects, contests, and scholarships that have to do with Art. Boyer Valley students are encouraged to join the extracurricular Art Club, by joining the "Art Dogs" Google Classroom Class. I you join this "class," they'll show up in your google announcements. If you know anyone else who loves to draw, that you think should join, please let me know.

Boyer Valley Eigth Grader Shelly Sherwood recently received Honorable Mention for her entry in the 2015 Sioux City Tolerance Week poster contest. This year’s art and essay contest entries needed to convey in words, color, texture, symbols or imagery this message: Fear & Ignorance = Hate. Sherwood used oil pastels to depict one person of many ethnic backgrounds.
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