Original title: Art can be distracting
Today I was trying to rush a story through my intermediate class with some new structures. Just as I wrote this, I realized that I had not PQA’d the new structures at all, and of course that word “rush” is always bad, so what I was about to say may really be more about the preparation than the art. Maybe tomorrow I will remember to get some leading questions up on the board as a sponge activity a la Martina Bex.*
I have a great new artist, but another thing I haven’t done is talk with her about the rules of TPRS art:
*no words in English
*the artist draws what the teacher has said and then stands back and waits while the class establishes the next piece, rather than continuing to draw and attracting more attention.
During the creation of a story about a pink tiger who lives in Canada where he is surrounded by mountains, the artist kept drawing and drawing, and her details and stray words made people laugh, but since they didn’t all match the story even though she kept erasing, kids got really distracted. Kids were concerned about the ratios in the map, whether there was a fire in the car that broke down, and what color the RB can was. Those were not questions I was asking! I could have been leading them, had I been looking at the picture at the same time.
I think it’s time to use the secret board (a child’s paint easel with a white board on one side) and let everyone else draw their pictures on their own. The (fifth?) problem I just realized is that we’ve used the same artist too many times and used a single artist too many times as well, so it’s time for some variety.
*Did you all notice that Martina had a beautiful baby on Boxing Day? There’s a sweet picture on her blog.