Digital Learning Daily Check-In
Monday, April 6, 2020
Hey all you cool cats and kittens!
(Points if you can tell me where that is from.)
Congrats on making it to the third week of virtual learning. Pat yourself on the back for your flexibility and resilience!
If you haven't already, PLEASE complete the very short survey I sent out on Friday. It will really help your counselors to provide the support you need. I've sent it out again so check your email.
I would like to encourage you to start an art journal. You can do this digitally or make one on your own. I will send out some prompts everyday to help in the creation of the journal. Think of it as a way to document your experiences during this pandemic, record your thoughts, and have a safe space to explore your feelings.
Here's your first prompt:
What is your favorite word? Does it have a special meaning? Do you like how it sounds? Write the word and create some art around it. Play with font's, doodles, size and color.
Share your creations with me if you feel comfortable. I would love to see everyone's work and it will be confidential, just between you and me.
Have a great Monday, stay safe and take care.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
The last week or so I've video conference or talked on the phone with a lot of you. It's wonderful to see your faces and hear your voices. Students are also sending me emails with artwork and their thoughts. I love that! Connection is so important right now as we navigate these weird times. If you haven't scheduled a time to talk with me, please don't hesitate to reach out. Even if it's a simple check in-I'd love to hear from you.
I hope your classes are going well. Just a gentle reminder that the same rules that apply in class regarding behavior, apply in your digital classroom. Not at Edison, but I did hear a story of a girl going to the bathroom while her class video chat was on. Ummm... gross?? So remember, screen on mute unless you are talking, be in a place where you won't be distracted or disturbed and follow the teachers rules as if you were sitting in an actual classroom.
Ok. Lecture over. Here is my art prompt for you today:
Pick a favorite song or lyric. Think about what it means to you. Does it move you? Does it remind you of a person, place or event in your life? Now, write the lyric out and doodle, color or add a background around the lyric. See the two examples above for inspiration.
As always, feel free to send me what you create! I hope you have a great Tuesday.
Stay safe and practice self-care!
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
I've sent daily emails with activities or art prompts to students on my caseload. I decided yesterday that I really want to reach out to all Edison students. So read my emails, delete them, or respond to them- It's entirely up to you! Here's today's thoughts and prompt:
Waiting IS freaking uncomfortable.
It can be painful.
And we’re all in this uncomfortable waiting room together- yet isolated - right now.
Some of you may have enough distractions that you’re just moving from one thing to the next and the worry doesn’t creep in as easily.
Like me, a lot of you may be thinking “ when is this going to be over?”
Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that this is hard for everyone.
Big breath in, Exhale…
Let's think of your life before this world crisis. Because while things are on hold right now, your dreams and goals are still achievable. Maybe not this second or this week, but they will be.
I'd love it if you could make a collage of your "bucket list." Get your head out of the nightmare of now and into the daydreaming of when this is over. Use pic collage, old magazines, good old fashion markers.
Think. What goals do you have for your future? What activities, places to visit, new things to try on your bucket list? What is number one on your list? Why?
Want to know number one on my bucket list?
I want to visit an elephant sanctuary. Ideally one where you can paint with the elephants. Yep, elephants can paint.
I'd love to see your bucket lists. Share with me if you feel comfortable! Thinking of you all!
Have a great Wednesday,
Thursday, April 9, 2020
With the news yesterday that we won't be back in school this year and the reality that home is the safest place to be, I am experiencing many emotions. I am sure we all are. It started me thinking that many of us have a new relationship to the word "home" then we did before. Maybe you feel trapped. Maybe you are grateful to have a safe and comfortable place to ride out this pandemic. Maybe your feelings about home vary hour by hour or day by day.
Today's prompt is to draw a home. It can be your house, friends, a vacation home. Or, let your imagination take over and draw an incredible fantasy house with whimsical features. Draw your dream house if you want.
What does your home look like? How does it feel? Who's there with you? Draw, paint, sketch, use found images and tell me what is "home" to you.
Be well and I will be back with more prompts next week. Missing you all.
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