6:24 PM

Scrapbooking in French class????

So, my 9/10 advanced French students handed in some poster projects just before the break and I was shocked at how little they understood about design. I guess it has something to do with not seeing print media as often as I did growing up since computers are so important now. So today, instead of actually teaching French, we had a quick lesson on the basics of design (lines, balance, color, consistency, etc.). When I was done and we had looked at some examples, I gave them all a sheet of paper with 4 photos and some info about the author of the novel that we are about to begin. They had to use it to make a mini-poster (8 1/2 X 11). Anway, all I can say is wow! The difference between what they did before and what they produced today is staggering.

It is funny that, as teachers, we worry about teaching the curriculum, but we forget that there are skills along the way that never get taught. I don't know how many times I've assigned a poster project and gave some marks to creativity or attractiveness of the poster but never showed them how to actually DO a poster. And one little class can make a huge difference on many projects in all of their classes in the future. Just struck me as a pretty cool moment when they handed in their 2nd poster. And they were all so proud of their work as well even though I told them it wouldn't be marked.

Anyway, in other news, I have a LO to show you. It has been soooo long since I participated in a 1 hour sketch challenge. Tonight I did one on the Scraptacular Images forum and it was lots of fun. Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it....

Isn't Rhett's little friend the most adorable thing? He was over for a playdate and we had a little photoshoot so they could have a pic of each other for their rooms....and I may have wanted one for a LO....