What speaks to you?
-After watching the videos I was very intrigued by the thought of just letting the children speak about the art. It is so important for children to voice their opinions about what the art is saying. They don't need to express their thoughts with big words but being able to just tell how the people look, what the colors may represent is so important.
Does it give you any ideas?
-We do a lot of book walks before we read books. I will try to ask children deeper questions when it comes to looking at the pictures. When we see a character we can look at the expression on their face and ask what we think they are feeling. After that I could have the children look for more clues in the picture to explain why they believe the character is feeling that way.
How do you integrate art into your current curriculum?
-I try to do a lot of crafts in our classroom, unfortunately these crafts only come around holiday times. During writing time I also have students draw pictures to with their stories.
I too was very intrigued by listening to the students speak about the art. I was amazed at how engaged and deep they were getting in their discussions. It isn't always the easiest to keep 7th graders engaged during a math lesson, but I feel like incorporating some of these strategies into a lesson would help keep them on task and focused.
Also, I agree that most times art gets integrated into my curriculum for math is during the holidays. However, I'm hoping to change that.