Jiawei’s mother and grandmother came to class to share one of their family’s favorite Chinese New Year foods, noodles. Jiawei’s mom also told us how lanterns were important during Chinese New Year.
Our SIS high school art students have been very busy preparing for the EC1 students to visit. Today I met with the high school art teachers, Alex Gutierrez and Maria Yung. I was impressed when I learned about the activities that art students came up for the EC1 students.
High school and EC1 students will be buddied up and do 4 different art centers together. In our first center students will have a reflection session, where the EC1 students will share about their favorite photo that they took and the art student will share the artistic representation they made for the photo . There will be a center to color the custom made coloring sheets drawn by the art students, that are based on the story “The Gruffulo”. There will also be a creative center to make the owl character from the same story and a station for whole body tracing.
EC1 and art students are very excited to meet each other. The teachers are excited to be viewing the kind of authentic, collaborative learning that will make our community a more enriching environment!
After a few weeks of practicing taking photos with the Ipads, the Caterpillars have picked their favorite photos. I spent some time with each student looking over their photos in reflection. I asked them questions about the general quality (i.e. Is this too blurry? Can you see the person’s face?) After the students picked their one favorite photo, I asked them; what is it a photo of and why did they like it. As you can see their choice of favorite photo and their reasons why are not just “cute”. They are interesting, playful, artful and capture quick and sometimes magical moments in their day.
All of the ECLC1 teachers have sent our students’ favorite photos to both the High School art teachers and the 9th grader writers. It will be exciting to see how the older students were inspired to create their own pieces from the EC1 photos. We also can’t wait to read the poems by the 9th grade writers!
If you are on twitter, you can follow the hashtag #EC1photo and see how the teachers of the classes involved share the process of our collaboration project with each other, our professional learning community and fellow educators.