When he is doing an observation, principal Larry Davis of Doctors Inlet Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida, makes a special point to look around the classroom. He looks to see that teachers have posted the classroom rules, discipline plan, and emergency routes. He looks to be sure there are plenty of signs of a literature-rich environment and clear evidences of the school-wide emphasis on reading instruction. He looks for word walls and student portfolios too. He also looks for evidence of a good classroom management plan, but he admits that most of his visits are announced and that "the teachers will usually bribe the students to behave when Mr. D comes to watch the class."
We have seen many versions of the Fish Observation Tank on Pinterest and Youtube. It would seem the easiest way to make your own Tower is to use an upside down Aquarium, Bowl or Tower. Most we have seen sit on a stand. It is important that this is very stable. Click Play above to see one being made and installed ⇑
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T-shirt Wars mix screen printing with stop-frame animation. I love this clip because it’s a great example of cross-dsciplinary practice and creativity across diverse mediums. If you are interested in these ideas, watch out for my post on using the iPad in our screen-printing unit – coming soon! You’ll see how students trial processes virtually using apps, use their designs to create pop-art and investigate Andy Warhol on the iPad, and then make animations to reflect on the process of taking an idea into a design and through to production. And all this while they create a screen print on a canvas bag!