I absolutely love it when a teacher approaches my desk and wants to team teach a unit with me! It absolutely makes my day! Today the art teacher approached my desk during her prep and wanted to take an art analysis poster project and bring it into this century! I love it!
So after listening to what her project involved, I decided Google Slides was the best tool to use for this project. Basically, her big issue was that the students would create this poster and one person would end up doing all of the work. Therefore, we decided to take all of the elements in her handout about how to analyze a piece of artwork: Describe, Analyze, Interpret, and Judgement, and put them all into separate slides with different group members in charge of each element.
One of the best ways to figure out if a project is going to work is to do the project myself. Therefore, I decided to try my hand at art analysis and make an example of an "A" project. As a drama teacher, I used to do this all the time. I found that it helped students see what to aspire too, and it also helped me understand what needed to change in the project.
I had a fun time putting together an example project you can see below:
We just decided to have each group member write their name in the corner somewhere to show what part of the project they worked on. Also, I did mention to her that we could always look at the revision history to really see how often a particular student went onto the google slide presentation. Gotta love holding those kids accountable!
She has decided to assign it on Google Classroom, and we finally experimented with adding a teacher into the classroom. She had her classes all set up, and she added me as an instructor. It was a little bit of a pain because our district does not pre-load e-mail addresses into Google, so we had to add me as a contact FIRST and then invite me into the Classroom.
Overall, I think this will be a great project to get ALL of the group members participating! Excited to help team-teach it with her when we return from Thanksgiving break!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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