3a.EX2 Math and Mondrian 2017-06-01T16:35:00-08:00

EX1: Communicating with students


3e: Communicating with students
This lesson integrates art and math by helping students create an art piece and looking at it mathematically using measurement and geometry.

Educator: Tammy Smith [Email Tammy]
School: Barnett Elementary Magnet School in Fairbanks

Appropriate for Grade Levels: 2nd-6th
Content area(s): Math, Art

How does this lesson or technique improve student learning?

As an arts educator, we all know that “growth mindset” has been our mindset from the first day we stepped into an arts experience. We choose to continue to further our own experiences for the betterment of our students and colleagues, bringing these experiences back to our classrooms, buildings, and districts.

What does it look like in my classroom?

Timeline: 2 hours

This lesson allows for students to have positive interactions with the teacher leading a discussion. Much of the dialogue will allow for open ended conversation through guided questions by the instructor. The students will be allowed to question peers about where and how to place lines, share what is working and what didn’t. The students will be self-directed to collect needed materials and to share reflections as to how they are feeling about their work. The students’ conversation will be one of support using language which applies to both the art and math applications.

The key to this activity (why it works so well for this component):

Supporting materials

Artifacts to gather for evaluation

  • Complete art piece
  • Completed self-reflection by student
  • Completed written description of the project (rubric) by the student

The Danielson Connection

Through active membership in professional learning communities (building/district level) and professional organizations (National Association for Music Education, Alaska Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Alaska Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, etc.); by attending district/state/regional/national conferences, workshops, and festivals; and by actively seeking feedback from colleagues and supervisors, we can fulfill the expectations of 4e.