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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Professional Blogging: Our Reflections

Over the past five-ish months, a small cohort of teachers and administrators have been coached by Andrea Hernandez from EdJewCon to grow as reflective practitioners through the vehicle of blogging. As we are thinking about how to share our learning with other staff to change the purpose of blogging here at CESJDS, we took some time to reflect on our learning and outline it in presentation form to share with the community. Please reach out to us with questions, comments, and inspiration for additional blog posts. What would you like…

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Alexis Soffler Andrea Hernandez Hadas Heyman Jessie Nathans Kim Sherk 

Looking Through a Lens: Visual Bingo

We started with a blank visual bingo template (thanks Darren Kuropatwa for sharing). We brainstormed keywords, using the 5 characteristics from The Adaptable Mind (curiosity, creativity, initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking and empathy) as broad headings. Armed with our bingo boards, we set off to discover and photograph interpretations of our keywords. Afterwards, we reflected on the process as well as our individual products and discussed different applications of this type of activity. Jessie’s collage: Alexis’s Collage: Kim’s Collage: Hadas’s Collages (she made two): Andrea’s Collage:  

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Jessie Nathans 

The Art of STEM Day

The Art of STEM Day It’s STEM Day at our school! The second floor of our building has been converted to a pop-up makerspace. Teachers are prepared and ready to guide students through a fast-moving day of discovery.  As an art teacher, I look forward to seeing STEM learning up-close. I find learning goals similar to the art studio including hand work, trial and error and a range of 21st century skills. I am motivated to find natural links between art and science, technology, engineering and math; to discover when…

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Jessie Nathans 

Visual Planning in Art

Visual Planning Leads Art Students Over the Rainbow Creativity What is creativity? A third grade art student shot up her hand: “It’s when you hold something in your head and then try to make it with your hands.” Exactly! How do students develop enduring creative confidence with a prolonged belief that creativity is apart of who they are? How can students engage and enjoy the artistic process and feel proud of the work they do?  Thinking with a pencil A great way to engage students in the creative process is to…

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Jessie Nathans 

Exciting New Art Standards

Exciting New Art Standards  by Jessie Nathans Learning to Refine As we finish up the fall art projects in grades 3-5, I wanted to reflect for a moment on the innovative new National Core Art Standards. The old standards were focused on “elements of art and principles of design”; a vast rubric of terms that limited student’s comfort and access to the art experience. The new standards have four broad areas of emphasis: creating, presenting, responding and connecting. This asks art educators to create curriculum that focuses less on perfection…

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