Equity and what I found this semester


Watching this video, it sums up what I have been learning about equity in the classroom this semester. It is the hard truth about our education system and how it needs to change, it needs equity. We have schools with low income students who do not have the resources that are needed like other schools that have more of a budget. Students are falling out of interest in school because they are feed what they must know due to standardized testing. We are not allowing them engaging and creative learning. Students need new ways of teaching and more support in classrooms. We want all students to be the same, to do that we must provide help where help is needed.

Video found on Youtube by The Leadership Conference


Find- Shared Purpose



This article focusing on shared purpose leads to civil action. The article is written by a teacher in a struggling school. The school was forced to get taken over and talked about turning into a charter school all due to standardized testing. The students all shared the idea that it was wrong that they must do something about it. Them sharing in this similar topic had them work together and fight for a cause they hold close to them.




The shared purpose in this article is more about a common thing that can happen to anyone with anything, failure. This article talked about how students fear failure and will dismiss anything that can lead them to that. They take the safe road because in school failing is bad. They don’t see how failure can be good. The shared purpose in this story is that students shared their failure not to mop but learn and teach. Students not only failed themselves but they learned from their failure along with others who have shared.  This helped students with their confidence along with problem solving.




This video is a great way of shared purpose. This teacher asked her student to tell them a lie they heard about. This would be a lie that relates to them. It was a strong shared purpose movement that had young students share their story about a lie they found hurtful. A lie that relates to them whether it is about their gender, race, education, appearance, etc.




I really like this program! They are student centered program that focuses strictly on children. They “Taking all kids interest equally serious.” I find this program amazing. The different projects offered gives students choices. They do just have to work with robots, they can go into the arts or the engineering side. They want kids to problem solve and fail and work as a team. They share purpose.




Shared purpose brings collaboration. When you want to share ideas you share them with others that are similar. You are collaborating with others. This is a great way to build your social skills and your social contacts. Collaboration also bring passion when they share a purpose

Week 11 Finds

  1. At Michael Wallace Elementary, a teacher name Suzanne McKenzie decided to develop a maker space in their school. She lead the program and opened it up to students during her lunch. She gave up her own lunch time to have students come in a create! If this isn’t making a move I have no clue what is!                             Michael Wallace Elementary Makerspace
  2. Andrew Goodin is Facilitator of the Makerspace at Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Goodin has developed this program where is allows students to drop in and create. He allows students to come early in the morning and start creating. He challenges them and helps them when they needed it.             Andrew Goodin Makerspace
  3. Cassie Stephens is a Art Teacher based out of Tennesse. She is such an inspiration for many art teachers. She really transformed her teaching and allowed students to want to come to art and learn. She transformed her classroom into a color wheel and everyday is a creative outfit. She is so passionate about art and really helps her students. She is a great blogger and she has an awesome youtube account. She inspires many art teachers.                                                                                             Cassie Stephens
  4. I found this teacher so inspiring. She really spends a lot of her time constructing her ideas to make learning fun in her class. I will admit that I got many ideas from her. She really has her children engaged and makes the environment in her room fun! I want to go back to Pre-K!                                                                                                      Mrs. Goof Kinder
  5. Second grade teacher Kayla Delzer really changes the way we look at learning in the classroom. Making the move to have the children be responsible for their learning. Giving them ownership in their education.  Lets make learning relevant to them so they want to learn! Reimagining Classrooms: Teachers as Learners and Students as Leaders | Kayla Delzer | TEDxFargo

A Small Move in the Art Room

My small move in the classroom is allowing the students to become more independent and have them learn things they want to learn. I want them to make things they want to make. I will be there to guide them and support them. I also want to be there to teach them different artist and material. This will allow students to learn things they want to learn and stay engaged. I have started with my 4th grade giving guided direction but allowing them more freedom to create what they want. They were a little shocked that we were not doing the typical slide show, explanation of what we will do, then directions on how to make it. I gave them the material and the concept and they went with it! They were excited with a small amount of confusion with their freedom. 🙂

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Critique App

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Going through my art classes the thing I dreaded was critique time. At the end of the project we would gather as a group and go over each project. The teacher required us to participate and that was our participation grade.  So as a shy child I would try but all you got out of me was, “It came out great, good job!”. Growing out of being an introvert I found that was a horrible critique and gave no constructive criticism.

Knowing how introverts struggle in public speaking I wanted to create a critique app that can be used in art class. This will allow the students to have an open dialogue when we go over each art piece. The app will allow the students questions that they can think about while looking at the art of their peers to help drive their constructive criticism.

When it comes to presenting the project the students can verbally critic or they can add to the dialogue so their peer can read.  This will allow the students who struggle with public speaking to participate in the critic along with giving their peer constructive criticism. The dialogue will be on the board while the critique is happing so we can read the post and students can still comment afterwards and the student who was presenting can read them later.

I feel like this app will allow all of the students to participate in the conversation. They can feel more comfortable presenting their ideas to the peers. They will learn to keep things positive but also give constructive criticism to help.


Interviews about the app

I talked to a couple people in the career of teaching and asked them what they think about the critique app.

One Art Teacher said:

“I think this is a smart idea- even if it is just pretend. With students growing up with technology and social interactions becoming more and more based on screens, being able to have a meaningful dialog/observation/discussion/higher order of thinking via a screen is going to be an essential skill. I think this would also work if you pulled in that “art sandwich” and perhaps key words so they aren’t stuck on “this is good art” if that makes sense. Or even a word bank based on age groups to help spur those more thorough critiques. 
In my mind it almost looks like the art work in the middle and underneath is three boxes for the positive comment-constructive criticism- positive comment and a help button that would include a word bank or some prompting questions. “
2. A friend of mine who is a Technology Teacher;
” This is a neat idea! I remember in art class going over projects and hating them. I had no clue what to say! This is nice because you will offer helpful questions so students can think about it and respond. I think I still am a person that will go “Great Job” to everything! But I know when it comes to constructive criticism it is helpful to know what to look at and help your peers out with you ideas. I like the app and I think it would be helpful for the introverted students who fear public speaking or being criticized for their option. “
3 A friend of mine who is a Music Teacher;
“Interesting idea! I don’t remember having to critique in art class but knowing my students I have a lot of shy students who wont even sing for me! I need to hear them to grade them and I have to try going out in the hall just to hear something. I get participation and how it can be hard for some students. I like this idea and how you can help the students get a voice by this app. They are able to participate along with give their option. It is nice to have as much constructive criticism and when public speaking causes a road block this app can clear it up. Good idea! Can you make an app for singing?”

Week 8 Find 5

Active uses of Educational Technologies

Google Arts and Culture: This app and site is amazing! The students can go on and learn so much about different artist. They also can see different art works from different styles and time. The best part about the site is you can visit different museums and site all over the world. It works like google maps. You can virtually look around with a click of the button. This really is useful in my classroom because students can see different sites without leaving their seats. They can get more information on the artist they need or just learn something new.  Google Arts and Culture

Imovie: This app is great for my students. They are very active on this app. The options are making a movie or a movie trailer. Students can become very creative with this app. I find it promote their creative side along with work on their writing and story telling. This app can promote students to become videographers or go big and be a director or story teller.  Imovie

Imotion: This is an app on the tablets. I really like this app and find the students really challenged when they use it. Stop motion is very popular especially on YouTube. The creator can become very creative and come up with some fun things to make. My students really enjoy this because they have funny stories they portray with play dough. They see these videos on YouTube and want to try. YouTube being so big and some people actually making a living off the videos, students try themselves to become creative makers on there. I do not allow them to post any videos on Youtube but they are so encourage by others that they come up with some very creative ideas! Imotion

BreakoutEDU: I found out about this last semester. I was so drawn to it that I was able to get my school to sign off on it. I find it very engaging with learners. They can problem solve while learning. The goal it to break out before them time is up. They are challenge with time but also the riddles they must solve. They are learning and playing at the same time. BreakoutEDU can be played in the classroom or online! BreakoutEDU Digital

Tinkercad: A free CAD program online. Having a 3D printer in school I found a free CAD program that is elementary level. The students work with geometric shapes to make things. They are very challenged on this because they are not use to using a program that involves concentration and time. Students also have to be challenge to make something that is useful. We talk about Makers and how they use more advances CAD systems to create innovative ideas that can help the world. This program is very engaging and allows students to become innovators.  Tinkercad




Week 7 Find 6


My first inspiration is my cooperative teacher. When I was student teaching she really helped me a lot. She was able to go through with me my strengths and weaknesses and how to strengthen my weaknesses. I got a lot of creative ideas that I now use in my classroom that I never seen before. She was a teacher for 15 plus years so she had lots of amazing ideas. I am so lucky to be able to teach next to her.


My second inspiration would have to be my Aunt Ginger. Having her in my life allowed me to become a better person. She is were I got my creativity.  She was the most caring person I knew. She would literally take the shirt off her back if you needed it. She never cared about the material she just cared about the experience. I was able to learn a lot about her while she lived with me. How creative she was and how her love of music played a big roll in her life. She was who got me into a lot of great music! RIP Ging! ❤


Another inspiration would be my Aunt Fran. When I graduated college I had a hard time finding a job. She worked for a small Preschool so she was able to get me a job that still included education. I was able to work alongside her and learn so much. She help me be a better teacher. I was able to strengthening my classroom management skills along with teaching students more creative and effectively. She is a true inspiration and I am so happy I was able to work alongside her for a couple of years.


I found this teacher online. I find her so inspirational. Her name is Cassie Stephens. She is a Art Educator in Tennessee. She is super creative in her outfits along with her classroom. I think her goal one day is to turn her class into a rainbow! Lol But I love looking at her blog and getting so many ideas to try to implement into my classroom. She is very successful with her publish book and her speeches at Art Ed Conference. Her blog is https://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/


My 7th grade Art Teacher. She was the teacher that really got me into art. I went my early childhood going to Catholic Schools so I was not able to have art, maybe every other Friday and it would be construction paper and glue. When I went to 7th grade I went to a public school with an actual art class. I was able to work with clay, ink, paint, and much more. I knew then that I loved art and I was actually good at it. I never stop taking art class!


My college art professor would be my last inspiration. When I was going through college I was asked that question of what do you want to do for a living and what will be your degree here? Well I didn’t want to let go of art so I talked to her and asked her what I should do. I knew just graduating with art would not get me a good job so I was stumped. She helped me go through ideas on jobs and told me about art education. She let me know what she went through along with her husband who is also an art educator. I feel like if I never talked to her I wouldn’t be where I am now. She helped me a lot! I am so grateful!