Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is this not the coolest? It's felted merino wool, in the shape of river stones, made into a funny little rug. I love it. It's crazy-town expensive, but awesome none-the-less.

I haven't posted in a while. Things have been busy. Yesterday was the last day of the term, so I had a kazillion things to grade and final grades to post. I also presented at the semester awards for the art department. I didn't want to go back over to the 'Couv at 6pm, but listening to the stories about the kids that were nominated was pretty rad. There are some amazing individuals at our school. The whole scene left me feeling pretty good last night.

Which was nice, 'cause today didn't go quite as well. I had to convince one kid that the advanced level class was not the right place for him (he cried.). I had to send three kids away because they flunked level one (one cried). I did my annual review process with my yearbook kids (two cried), and had one girl drop yearbook. sigh... Now I have a headache.

Also, I'm worried. My first period room got switched, and we won't have the animation program installed for at least two weeks. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with kids. I have 27 boys in a room at 7:45am for an hour, and no way to start them on animation stuff. I'm debating between starting a group project stop motion lesson or a single person flash animation lesson. I don't know how to do either... so I'd be learning on the fly, and probably staying late at school for the next few weeks. How hard can flash be, right?

suggestions? advice?


kungfuramone said...

Yeah, do flash. Can you hook up your own laptop to a projector and demonstrate? Or somethin'?

Anonymous said...

Can you bring in a flash animation expert to give a demo? (with our own laptop and projecter as suggested above?) It seems like there might be someone in the community with these skills.....(like at The Columbian? or??) What are your resources?

Megs said...

Whenever the power goes out or I'm without software, I always have the kids work in pairs. Each of them describes a character- what it looks like, what it likes to do, its favorite color, etc. Then they switch papers and the other person has to draw the character the other student wrote about. Then they compare. Usually the drawings look nothing like the ideas they had in their heads when writing. So it gives them a little lesson on how well you need to communicate with other people you work with.
I started teaching Flash CS3 2 years ago and switched to CS4 last year. I'm still struggling with Actionscript 3. Any pointers?