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February 2018

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M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M CONTINUED ON PAGE 42. Caption I am always searching for creative and meaningful rewards for my students. One idea that was on my list was an art challenge inspired by Chopped, a television show where chefs compete to prepare three dishes using mystery ingredients. When the new semester began, I mentioned the idea to my sixth-grade students. They were very excited and couldn't wait to participate. My only problem was that I didn't know how I was going to organize it. Fortunately, time was on my side because this was an incen- tive that students would have to earn through positive artroom behavior. First Things First I have done competitions in the past, and I was concerned that individual students being "chopped" would not go over well. In addition, I only wanted to spend one forty-five-min - ute class on the reward. That's why I decided that this was going to be a team competition. This would help ease the blow of being chopped, and students would get more done work - ing together as a team. Mystery Media I grabbed several empty copy paper boxes to hold the "mystery media" items and searched my storeroom for supplies that students wouldn't expect to use. I had to keep in mind that these challenges were going to be short— anywhere from seven to nine minutes. This helped determine what media would be best to choose. Similar to the show, students would have use of a "supply pantry," which held all of the basic art supplies they might need. Next, I needed to decide on what students would create for each round. Instead of an appetizer, entrée, and des- sert, like on the television show, the art version assignments would be land- scape, portrait, and sculpture. Some of the mystery media I chose included colored paper, crazy scissors, and glue sticks; rubbing plates, crayons, and fun wire; and black foam core, pipe clean - ers, and beads. All that was left to do was to wait for students to earn this incentive; it didn't take long—they were excited and wanted to get started. Set the Timer As students entered the artroom, they joined their prearranged groups at the workstations and we began. The timer was set, the category and mystery media was revealed, and, just like that, everyone was in a creative frenzy. Stu - dents worked to brainstorm and bring their group vision to life, running to the supply pantry when needed. When time was called, all hands went up in the air and everyone breathed a sigh of relief and accomplishment. Chopped Art Christine Sacco This fun little idea became a grade-level assembl ith a custom logo, T-shirts, a troph , guest judges, and the local media. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 11 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11. I'm Sorry, You've Been Chopped "Chopping" my students was dif - ficult but it was also a wonderful critique opportunity and they all showed excellent sportsmanship. Once students were chopped, they became guest judges. This kept them focused on the game and again led to some really great critiques. Eventu - ally, each sixth-grade class earned their reward and class champions were crowned. That's when one of my students said, "We need to have a championship to see which class is the best!" Chopped Art Champions To prepare for the championship event, I had each class brainstorm a name for their team and create posters to bring to the event. We set the date and I began to gather new mystery media. I also found some colorful boxes to use for supplies instead of the copy paper boxes we used previously. This fun little idea became a grade-level assembly with a custom logo, T-shirts, a trophy, guest judges, and the local media. As I prepped the auditorium that day, I still wasn't sure if this was going to work. Sixth- graders are very easily distracted, and I was asking them to sit for an hour and watch other students make art. But each time I set the timer and announced the category and mystery media, I got the same response. Stu - dents, teachers, and administrators were all cheering for art as if it were a sporting event! A new tradition was born that day at Minnesauke Elementary. Christine Sacco is an art teacher at Minnesauke Elementary School in East Setauket, New York. Facebook: @ minnesaukeart N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K minneart.weebly.com — MARU adopted 01-10-10 AT FIRST I WAS EMBARRASSE D. ME, A CAT, LIVING WITH A SINGL E GUY. BUT WH EN I WATCH HIM PICK SOMETHING UP WITH HIS HANDS AND EAT IT, I CAN'T H E LP BUT LOVE HIM. 42 FEBRUARY 2018 SchoolArts

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