I teach middle school also.
We had a sketchbook last year where they
were required to do the "do now".
I taught some "drawing from the right side of the brain"
skills which they were required to do from observation.
Sometimes they had to copy the word of the day which
is also required in my school. I usually graded the books
once a quarter. The books were worth one project grade.
On Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 11:20 AM, artmiddle wrote:
> I teach 7th and 8th grade, 30-32 kids per 43 min. periods. Last year I
> did a Daily Drawing each day for first 5 min. or so, where kids either
> did a small (8.5 x 11 paper divided into 5 sections, one for each day
> of the week - each day's work worth 3 points, and I only collected to
> grade about every two weeks - but they didn't know ahead of time if I
> would collect on Friday) from observation, or did a drawing from memory
> or imagination based on my inststruction written on the board. It
> worked well, but I am looking for other resources/ideas for theses
> first 5 minutes that will be meaningful, that they can do without my
> verbal instruction. Any suggestions?
> E in Utah