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Hi, I am an artist, wife, mom, gamer and the Elementary Art Educator at Donald Elementary, a sweet and wonderful school in Flower Mound, TX (outside of Dallas). This is a great place to see how we are integrating studio habits with technology and interdisciplinary connections. I also love to share my "wisdom" (Re: Experiences. From mistakes.) about teaching Elementary Art. I love what I do, and I've been doing it for a long time. Creating and teaching Art is what I live for. Enjoy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cure for Standardized Testing Brain Fry: Zentangles?!

Here's a post from last year. Thought I would repost it as it as just as meaningful! Because I am a gluttonous ding dong, I didn't even believe myself.

Tried regular lessons yesterday=FAIL
Did this today=awesomeness

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Gotta admit-I was on the fence with Zentangles. I mean, they are fancy doodles, right? But STARR is upon us and that means crazy schedule changes and fried kids. I decided to try it out.

I explained how we want the fried side of the brain to take a nap, and how to bring out the side in charge of creativity and imagination.

I did this with all my 3-5th graders.  

This is what a fried 4th grade brain looks like after days of state testing. 


What my room sounds like: quiet with Pandora Calm station. So peaceful.

 No one talked talk for 45 minutes. 


 I loved the intense focus and concentration, the powerful attention to detail and the observation skills this project used.

 Kids reaction: BEST PROJECT EVER! Really???





They want to keep working on them. And I can't wait to display them :)










6 comments:

  1. Great idea! Our 3-5 grades are about to have their brains fried by the NJ ASK in the coming weeks... I always have something low key, fun for them to do so they can just chill and create after all that testing! :)

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    1. it was kind of spooky how fast they chilled out. I usually do a free choice, center based day, but this was so much cooler!

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  2. I love it! Very telling that *they* loved it too.

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  3. I agree, and I am so happy to be part of a school district that is fighting high-stakes standardized testing. If our policy makers could see what they are doing to our kids...ugh...

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  4. Congrats on the shout out for your blog and art program on the School Arts blog!!! :) :) :)

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  5. Thank you, that was a nice surprise!

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