In this activity students analyzed logos using Costa’s levels of thinking. Students worked in groups of 4 to analyze the logos, evaluate if the logos were appropriate for their intended audience, and if not how could they be improved. Student’s then presented their posters in small groups, came back and reworked their posters.


This year as we are working on our school wide AVID certification we have been focusing on The Five Phases of the Focused Note-Taking Process. We take our notes in our Journals and refer back to them often. We often add to our notes, annotate, we make connections beyond our notes, and reflect on them.Continue reading “FOCUSED NOTE TAKING – AVID STRATEGY”

CTE Brand Identity Collaborative Research project and Presentation,

Wow! That’s a mouthful! Just like the heading states, students worked in pairs to research the brand identities of some of the most successful companies out there. They had a worksheet to help guide them through their research. After researching and documenting their findings. Students downloaded a template for Google slide, made a copy andContinue reading “CTE Brand Identity Collaborative Research project and Presentation,”

Scratch Board Tiki

In this activity, we focused on the principle of Variety.First we looked at art that demonstrates good usage of variety. Then the students delved in deeper with a collaborative activity where they worked in small groups to analyze, interpret, judge, and evaluate a piece by a master artist (AVID strategy Costa’s Levels.) Next students practicedContinue reading “Scratch Board Tiki”

Introduction to Ceramics – Fish Fry!

Introduction to Ceramics After our lecture and Avid Focus notes on Ceramics and the stages of clay students created their own slab templates and tried their hand at some basic slab construction. As of now, we are waiting for our pieces to become Bone Dry. When we return from Thanksgiving break I hope to fireContinue reading “Introduction to Ceramics – Fish Fry!”

Reggie Laurent Inspired Art

Together we explored the work of contemporary artist Reggie Laurent. After looking at his art and using our Avid strategies to take focused notes about the artist as well as the inquiry process to analyze his use of shape and color students created their own painting inspired by the artist. This was a great lessonContinue reading “Reggie Laurent Inspired Art”