Inspired by the New York Times site – “What’s Going on in This Picture” I plan on using this image to engage students in Visual Thinking Strategies. I plan on using this technique initially as a classroom warm up activity as a way to get students excited and talking about what they see in an image. My eventual hope will be that the methodology we employ with images like the one above will translate when students are talking about their peer’s artwork.
This year our school has put a lot of emphasis on critical peer feedback informing student progress in the Arts. We are implementing the use of a PQP model and sharing elements of Ron Berger’s ideas on the role of feedback for quality student work. I have to also mention Reid’s blog here as he had a great post about feedback in elementary classrooms which I found very useful. Infusing these concepts with some Visual Thinking Strategies will – I hope – be very rewarding towards students engaging in discussion, critique, and being open to talk about the artwork they create and that which their peers create.