SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2018

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this dilemma with daily demos. I work with a media at the front of the room for about five minutes at the start of class. But I find that some students get lost since they are not the ones using it. An activity that can be a remedy for this is to treat demonstrations like a speed-dating experience. Speed Dating The purpose of speed dating is to meet people in a fast-paced, no-pressure manner, and see if you make a con- nection with anyone. I've applied the s ame concept to media in my artroom. Since students are making choices concerning materials they plan to use, I want to make sure they get a chance to try them out in a low-risk exploration. Speed dat - ing offers students enough time to ge t their hands on the medium for themselves and see how it works. Then they can make future plans on waste since they don't use a new piece of paper at each station. Along with the medium at each table, I also place a card with infor- mation that introduces the medium a nd the tools that are needed to use it. The objective is for students to spend about five minutes getting to know each medium. Having a clearly written introduction card at each station gives students some basic ideas on how that medium can be used in their work. Speed Dating Rules Students start in their assigned seats and I explain the rules: 1. Once students read an introduc- tion card at the station, they have five minutes to use the media. 2. They must keep an open mind, try the medium, and not worry about how the end product looks. 3. Students are not to advance to the next station until the to use it or not based on their understanding and preferences. The Set Up Before you begin this activity, it is important to decide which media you would like to introduce to students. I have five table groups that seat up to six students each. I offer five rota - tions for the speed-dating activity t hat has enough materials for six people at a time to share and use. Stu- dents take a sheet of paper along with t hem to use the media on throughout the activity. This helps cut down Through the adaptation of this process to m classroom, I discovered that demonstrations are made more powerful when the are hands-on. Previous page, top: Jenny P., bottom: Paige S. Above: Sarah F. Abby B. 30 SUMMER 2018 SchoolArts

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