I thought this unit went very well. In some classes it became more successful than others. Some students really dove into pencil and celebrated it as a media, others found it boring and it translated to their work. I think overall it was a nice natural progression of building technical skill while eventually bringing in the students’ own interests. In the future I would probably like to introduce more contour and line drawing before jumping into shading but I believe the unit helped many students out with their pencil drawing skills.
A major strength of this unit was self-critique and exhibition. The students knew it would be hung in the hallway and I gave them a rubric that I made them fill out but then we discussed why they graded themselves in such a way. We discussed each category and they even suggested ways to improve their own work for a better grade and a more technically proficient piece of artwork. I would be willing to repeat this lesson in my own classroom with a different classroom culture. I had one parent, who works at the school, come in and become blown away at the progress their son had made in this unit. They were stunned at how much attention to detail he gave his sketch of a deer. It was very exciting to hear this feedback from a parent in real time.
Highland High School, Ault, CO
Ault is a small town east of Fort collins in Weld County, aptly named “A Unique Little Town”. It is mostly an agriculture community with a population of 1,683 in 2016 (According to the U.S. Census Bureau) with a median age of 32 (www.areavibes.com/ault-co/demographics).
Highland High school is listed as a “Distant Rural” setting, covering all of Ault, as north as Nunn, and as south as north Greeley, it also covers east in the more rural parts of the state. Highland has approx. 248 students for grades 9-12, and about 50% female, 50% male. White students make up about 63% of the student body, while Hispanic students make up 35% and 2% other. It is 29% Free lunch, 8% Reduced-price lunch (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/colorado/districts/weld-county-school-district-no-re-9/highland-high-school-3975).
School starts each day at 8:07am and lets out 3:27pm. I have 6 periods of general art classes (including introductory, advanced and pottery students). Students are required to have at least 1 specials class; this includes art, drama, music, weightlifting, agriculture, etc. Each period of art meets 4 times a week, with 1 block period (which is double the length of the normal 47 minute period).
My duties include bus duty every Tuesday morning where I have to make sure the students get in the building safely. Faculty meetings happen every other week before classes (7:30-8am) to discuss progress or changes within the school.
Also I am missing parent/teacher conferences because I will be in my next placement so I am leaving a few copies of my brochure (find this on my advocacy tab) with my Cooperating teacher to hand out if necessary.
Also, I will have duties relating to Homecoming week. It is a large event within the Ault community. They have a parade with handmade floats from students and various community building exercises, like painting shop windows on the main street. There is also many sports activities and a dance.
Highland High school is very proud of their sports teams and most of the school participates in some after school activity, whether it be band, football, volleyball, team management, etc.
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