This past week, Berhman's 7th grade ELA students explored inferences using the paintings of American narrative artist Norman Rockwell. On Wednesday, I introduced this specific painting ("Surprise". Saturday Evening Post, 3/17/1956) as a jumping off point, asking students to "write down all the details you notice."
After they compiled dozens of details, I asked them to "write as many questions you might wonder about this painting." Students doted their question marks as they wondered how the teacher really felt, why the boy with the red shirt had an eraser on his head, and (my favorite question by a student) "Where are all the black students?!"
After students spent 5-7 minutes writing questions, I asked them to predict, or speculate, about what exactly is happening in this painting. Students, excising their creativity and critical thinking skills, claimed the students must not like math, the teacher is smiling but is actually really concerned about students wasting her teaching time (I wonder where they get that from?), and that the student in the red shirt must be the class clown. Here is a look at some more of their answers:
On Thursday, performed the following lesson using the TAP rubric and sequence of activities as my guide:
Guided Practice: "Girl with Black Eye"