Sunday, October 7, 2012

Art Objectives- Sticky Note Them!

The objectives the students have to meet are always displayed in sentence form by the Elmo on the front white board. But there is another way of displaying the project objectives.

Read on if you want to find out more.

Sticky notes objectives on a graphic design project

Samples of art projects we're working on are always displayed on the class board. (A lot of students leave their projects behind. Yeah, for me! I always have extra samples around.) One good reason for displaying a sample is for motivation. I figure, if the students see another student who has done a great job, maybe it will get them thinking, they can too!

A sneaky teacher trick.  Some things can be very contagious in middle school. Why not  motivation and self belief?

"Hey, If fill in the blank can do it, so can I." 

Sticky notes on a 2 point perspective lesson

My other reason for displaying samples is to let the students see (again) what the objectives are that they need to meet. This is where the sticky notes come in.

I place small sticky notes on the sample project to highlight what the objectives are for the project. 

For example, on the bedroom below (there's also one up above)- there are sticky notes that point out a door and window  aligned to the vanishing point. They are both an objective. A bed aligned to the vanishing point, which is also an objective. 

If anyone asks me to go up and look closer at the sample, they're welcome to go up and look.

It's a two for one- a sample project with the objective right there.

So you can see, you can easily point out an objective by putting on a sticky note on a sample.

Sticky notes on a 1 point perspective lesson

The giant whiteboard display of objectives are written out in sentence form.  The sticky note display allows the students to see how someone else achieved the objectives on an actual project, but in a visual way. Not text. And they're seeing it up close and personal.

Would this work for your project objectives? How do you display your objectives?  You can let me know in the comments below!

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