SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 43 resulting in seamless transitions and processes. After years of experi - mentation and tweaking, my model has evolved into a highly efficient vehicle for instruction. The system I created, called the Daily Noodle- Doodle, increases engagement, sup - ports reading and writing, builds student autonomy, and streamlines transitions. Beyond this, it allows us to reach our art-making and instruc - tional goals in a concise 45 minutes. The Daily Noodle Students learn more effectively when you engage them right away. The "Daily Noodle" segment of the Daily Noodle-Doodle supports lit - eracy and is a question or directive that students read and respond to in writing. When students enter the room, the Daily Noodle is displayed on the projection screen. The question or directive either asks students to recall information from their last class or is something to prepare them for the lesson at hand. In addition, the Daily Noodle is a valuable tool for formative assessment. In order to facilitate this routine efficiently and with minimal paper waste, I installed individual white boards that are stored under the art tabletops using magnets, as well as a hanging bucket of dry erase markers and erasers for each table. Using the Daily Noodle, students are engaged from the moment they enter the classroom. Beyond supporting literacy, the system builds student autonomy. On the top-left of the Daily Noodle- Doodle slide is a section called, "set up," showing a list of materials that the helper table is to hand out to the whole class. While the helper table passes out materials, the rest of the class is engaged in the Daily Noodle question or directive. The Daily Doodle After students answer the question on their white boards, they draw their Daily Doodle underneath. The Daily Doodle is free drawing time when they can plan for their project or just draw for fun. Instead of wait - ing for me to tell them what materi- als to hand out and then waiting for them to be distributed, students are engaged in their tasks immediately with no loss of instructional time. Once materials are handed out, the class discusses their responses to the Daily Noodle and then we transition into the lesson for the day. Music Cues Students need a clear break between activities, yet I was struggling with how long my transitions were tak- ing. (I was repeating instructions and waiting for students to complete the task for several minutes.) What I needed was a more structured tran- sition that would help maximize learning time. In response, I created music-cued slides within the Daily Noodle-Doodle system. Using the system, the transition from the Daily Noodle-Doodle to classroom activities takes about thirty seconds. Music cues students to clean off their white boards, put them away, and fold their hands in "Hook Ups" by the time the music ends. Hook Ups are a way of folding your hands that can help relax the nervous system. In addition, the movement crosses the center midline to activate both hemi - spheres of the brain. So, not only am I transitioning students in a mere thirty seconds, but I'm also helping them activate their brains for learning. More Time for Art The Daily Noodle-Doodle system facilitates students' engagement from the moment they walk into class and cuts down on valuable time spent in transition. I have used this system successfully with kindergar - ten through fifth-grade art students for the last six years. Surpassing my goal of including reading and writ - ing, I created a system that makes classroom routines and transitions simple and efficient. More impor - tantly, we are spending more time creating beautiful art. Katherine Mathes is a visual arts instructor at Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, Colorado. katherine.mathes@ I developed a wa o streamline m instructional practices to include reading and writing without sacrificing precious art- making time.

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