I only teach one class of Third Grade which is weird and hard at times for planning. But I get to give them tons of different opportunities because there is only one class. When I display their work I always write on the display "This work is created by Mrs. Dahl's favorite 3rd Grade class!" They get a kick out of it when they see them in the hallway. Yesterday being the 100th day of school we had the opportunity to create a portrait. My friend Sarah and her husband Greg had gifted me thousands of old photographs. So I had third graders pick their favorite and showed them how to make it into a frame, drew portraits of the people but then extended the lesson by doing a writing activity. I let the kids take there photograph, writing and artwork home right away. The kids were in love with this and I got wonderful participation and comments. Jackie said " Mrs. Dahl so I get to take my man home?" "This is my favorite day ever I am going to put this picture by my bed." Definitely a great lesson!
I am an elementary art teacher in a small town in Wisconsin. I am currently the President of the Wisconsin Art Education Association, creator of funky junk, a wife, a gardener, a DIY diva and a mom of two furry kids.
You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. —Bob Ross