Students have been diligently working to complete their Alexander Calder inspired mobiles. Anxious to see the classroom turn into a virtual color wheel these mobiles were painted in shades and tints of primary, secondary and intermediate colors. Along with the installation classes are publishing their individual work on Artsonia, the on-line student museum. It is an exciting time to be in the art room!
Last year our school implemented a new behavior plan for our building. SWPBSI, School Wide Positive Behavior Support is a state led initiative that reinforces positive behaviors based upon respect; yourself, respect others, and respect property. The students have created a key to their classroom. All keys are formed from student hand prints which become their pledge to follow. Classroom teachers, itinerants, aides and office staff were all asked to add their hand print to the keys pledging to follow the codes of respect.
A technology link was added to this project by using an iPad and the app HT Recorder. The question, “What does respect mean to you?” was posed to each student and recorded in a short clip. The recordings were then converted into QR codes using QR Stuff, a free web site. When the code is read with a hand-held device and QR reader students can hear their individual recordings of their classroom and the meaning of respect.