Students traced projected photos.
We work together to learn. This is the theme of the mural one second grade class painted at the request of their classroom teacher, Robin Moriarty. Robin and I discussed various ways we could organize a class mural and once the theme was determined, we decided to work from photos of her students throughout their school day. The photos were projected onto paper and students traced themselves with chalk. Twenty five students appear in the mural, representing all students at Franklin School.
Students took turns painting the mural.
Each child took a turn painting the figures in the mural, first laying in base colors and later adding details. Those who enjoyed painting the mural had several turns until the mural was complete. Students comments about how they work together to learn appear in the border.
The mural was painted in stages, during weekly art classes, while students continued their other artmaking activities.
We collaborate and practice writing together.
We help when someone gets stuck.
We share ideas.
We share materials.
We agree on what to do.
We make a little group and read together.
We learn from each other’s work.
We give each other advice.
We remind our classmates of what to do.
We teach each other our math strategies.
We help each other.
We never give up!
Our mural will hang in the school’s main corridor and then move to the district’s Education Center over the summer.