|This is how I want them to come in and get ready for their day. #2 is smile at Miss Theodora Pig!|
|I have them pack-up about 40 minutes before the day is over (it is just how our schedule fits it in). We then can work until the end of the day.|
The brain likes to have borders (a Debbie Diller tid-bit).
EDIT on 8/2/18:
Update: I had forgotten about this blog post from 2011 until this chart was discussed in a Facebook Group. Someone asked me about my thinking behind the Coloring Rubric. I’m going to copy and paste my response it here for you. (Thank you to Mrs. T for asking the question!)
Colors that make sense: So… authors/illustrators make choices. The choices they make are purposeful… right? Pictures/words… different uses for different purposes. If my students are making a choice that makes sense, I go with it. However, often times, they are not be purposeful with their color choices. If they said, I was really happy and pink makes me happy, so I colored myself pink… well… that makes sense.
I also tell my students that they are able to make meaning through their illustrations. So if they are purposeful with their colors, it will help to make their meaning clearer to the reader.
We offer lots of times where students can use any color they wish OR they can scribble on the page if that brings them joy, BUT when a student finishes an activity in 2.2 seconds and it is a scribbled mess, that does not represent their best effort.
Staying in the lines and no white spaces are tough for some ESPECIALLY at the beginning of the year. So.. my expectations are differentiated. Some student’s best efforts are not going to look like another student’s best effort. The goal is to strengthen those fine motor skills, so I ask for best efforts. What I have noticed in my years in the classroom, is it is often times the MOST capable student who is in a hurry to be the “first one done” who puts in the least amount of effort. Goodness, every student should have at least a year of growth, so I like to hold my entire class accountable.
What Katie Wood Ray tells us in her book, In Pictures and in Words, is that colors convey mood and tone. So I also like to model how I would use color in different ways. One time I was so MAD at my dogs for killing my hen (no really), that I modeled drawing the picture, THEN I took my red crayon and colored lightly over the top of it to show how mad I was. They had a great time trying it out in their own writing. SAD: Gray, Excited: yellow… it was fun!