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Monthly Mentor Group Discussion


Monthly Mentor Group Discussion

Each month, a new mentor will post a topic for discussion. This is way to share ideas, thoughts, tips, and insights online.

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Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2013

March's Monthly Mentor - Flowerree W. Galetovic McDonough

As we look to changes in taking place across the nation, I would like to start a discussion about the forms of assessment used in your classrooms. What are your formative, summative, informal, and formal measurements of student growth? How are student portfolio’s used in your classroom and what role do they play in assessment?

In Tennessee, there is a student portfolio assessment system that is in its first year. Fine Arts educators finally have the opportunity of being evaluated on their students' growth rather than the total school's test scores in other subjects.

To learn more about the this system use this link that provides the current TDOE Fine Arts Growth Measures System Teacher’s Guide. Additional information can be found at

What are you/your system using using? 

What is your opinion about Tennessee's system? 

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Comment by Lynn A. Felts on September 26, 2011 at 9:34pm


This has been a lively and engaging month long discussion!!!!!!  thanks so much for all your contributions.  I still need to learn so much!!!!!!  thanks, Lynn

Comment by Karen Kiick on September 15, 2011 at 5:57am

Mark - I got to see your Prezi that time! - FUN - Have you delivered the lesson yet?  Hi Shannon, thanks for your comments and the link to your blog. I enjoyed looking at your posts! I think the main structure of mine will be used similarly, and will serve as my class blog and as a linking station to the students' blogs. I'll post a link when we all have view-worthy blogs and maybe you can link to us - we're not AP though. Many of my 61 hs students are first year art kids.

I love seeing all the things you're all doing out there! Art teachers rock! I'm enjoying our discussions. Keep 'em coming!

Comment by Shannon McBride on September 13, 2011 at 10:59pm

Great blog conversation.  I started blogging five years ago with my AP students.  Until this year I had each of the AP students create their own site which was linked to the main page.  This year I decided to switch it up. 

We know how important sketchbooks are right?  My experience has been that student will keep sketchbooks because we ask them to.  For a handful, the sketchbooks become a life long love, for others not.  The individual student blogs seemed easier for them to connect with but still not something all students resonated with.  I will usually have 2 or 3 students who love their blogs, the other 27 not so much. Again, they would create and update their blogs because it was required of them.


So this year I have just created the main LHS AP 2-D blog. Aside from the usual classroom updates and inspiration, each month I will connect with one or two of the students and have them highlighted on the main blog site. Highlighting their  their work, process, pitfalls and successes. Great way for me to have some one on one time with them and hopefully continue with the online class critique. We will see if this works.  It's important to be flexible and fluid.  If it doesn't we can go back to the original way or try something new!

I have always dreamed of connecting with other AP classrooms, Dana!, Debi! any other takers?


This years blog with links dating back to 2007 student and classroom blogs.

P.S. The kids made their first comments this week.  Some of them are still learning how to just make a comment which is why you see lots of grrr's and boo and test, test.

Tootles Shannon McBride

Comment by Mark Ralston on September 13, 2011 at 9:46am

Karen...  It was suppose to be a link to my effort to put the Bleeding Kansas info with the famous John Brown mural "Settlement of Kansas" at the Kansas State Capital.    Try this...


Comment by Lynn A. Felts on September 12, 2011 at 10:31pm
guys how do you do the pinterest board? It sounds great!  Share the site, thanks, Lynn
Comment by Dana Jung Munson on September 12, 2011 at 9:28pm
My AP kids are keeping their blogs up-to-date. If anyone would like to "cross-pollinate" - let me know?
Comment by Debi West on September 12, 2011 at 5:34pm
We love prezi and Karen loved seeing all of your Kiddos in the computer lab! Can't wait to see their blogspots - let's share! My kids can comment on your kids and vice versa although I still only doing blogs with my draw/paint kids! I am also havin my kids keep a pinterest board to start collecting their references and art and images that inspire - I LOVE this site as it keeps all of your images organized - like an on-line filing system !
Comment by Karen Kiick on September 12, 2011 at 5:20pm

Hi Mark-

Thanks for adding this to the conversation! I have seen PREZI's (notably Deborah Reeve's) but have never created one myself. Maybe that will be my next bite! Was the second link you sent a link to the prezi you made? If so, I couldn't see it - would like to though!
Comment by Mark Ralston on September 12, 2011 at 12:32pm

Have you ever heard of a PREZI.  It’s a presentation program that might replace your PowerPoint presentations.   Check it out at …

      The examples are great and there are thousands shared over topics you might be able to use.  Just search the topic you are interested in. 

I am planning to use the one I made yesterday in my art history talk using the "John Brown" mural at the state capital. I worked on it for 2 hours…. Now that I got the hang of it, I think it will go faster next time.   Check it out!

Comment by Karen Kiick on September 10, 2011 at 11:55am

I just wanted to share a "blog report"!  They're doing it!

60+ kids creating blogs = wow! (Don't worry, not all at once) My kids are just getting them up and running, as we spent the class periods yesterday in the computer lab. This was the first time in 22 years of teaching that I have ever taken an entire class to the computer lab - I used to have my hands in clay instead! I gotta say, it was fun! I'll let you know when we have it all up and running. I want them to have them ready with one post by our Back to School Night on the 22nd, so I can show the parents.

Any good "back to school - promote you program" stories you want to share?


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