1,2,3 Art (First Day of School)

Author: Paula Hrbacek
Lesson Plan:

Middle School students are just learning how to form opinions, and appreciate the opportunity to express them constructively. A 1,2,3 questionnaire can be used in the first art class to get input from the students, and to make them feel appreciated. 

When I did this exercise, I told them not to sign their name, and I would grade it as handed in/not handed in only. I walked from desk to desk to collect the papers and mark it as handed in. While I was at it, I made a quick crib note in the grade book about a physical trait that made them look different than the other students; John, black hair, Karla, Asian, etc. I took a moment with each student to try to match their name and face. No teacher can learn all of the names in one day, but this is a good start.
Some of the students were shocked that I would ask for their opinion instead of just telling them how it was going to be. Some asked me if this was for real, and I assured them that I really wanted to know. Once they got the idea that they were valued and respected, they were easier to teach and better behaved. As a new teacher, this gave me an idea of what they already knew, and what I didn’t have to go over again. It also gave me an idea of what would keep them engaged, and what would bore them to tears.
1,2,3 Art
Answer the questions in complete sentences. Explain each item as much as you can.
1. One thing I don’t like to do in art class.
2. Two things I learned last year in art class.
3.     Three things I would like to learn this year in art class.
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