The beginning of a new school year is a great time to review the rules we follow during Art class! In addition to the usual rules that students have in their classrooms (no hitting, raise your hand, etc.), we have three special rules we follow in the Art Room, and they each involve something you “say”….
- Rule #1 – Say only things that are kind and encouraging about another person’s artwork. (This includes any famous artists we may be learning about – yes, even Picasso!)
- Rule #2 – Say only things that are kind and encouraging about YOUR OWN artwork. (Negative self-talk is not healthy for you or those around you… it can actually discourage students sitting near you who may be admiring what you’ve just done!)
- Rule #3 – Say “I’ll try” instead of “I can’t”.
Cute story…. Earlier this week, we had just finished talking about these rules and started in on our project, when one of my 2nd graders, who is often easily discouraged, blurted out, “This is impossible!” The room fell instantly silent and he quickly added, “….but I’ll try!” The whole class cheered. It was one of those great teaching moments!!