The idea came about when we started working on our first set of Artist Trading Cards for the ATC school exchange. The theme for this month is, "All about ME: Introductions and Goals for the Year." When I first told students about the exchange I wanted them to have a lot of independence. I told them they could do anything they wanted on the card and use any medium that was interesting, as long as the card was about themselves. However, as they began working we realized that the cards were very pretty, but they could do a better job of introducing themselves visually on the ATCs. That's when I asked them to re-think how they were approaching these and start again by brainstorming a list of words about themselves. After they each had a big list of words, I asked them to narrow it down to their top five. It was fun to hear what student's chose as their words. Not only did I learn a lot about each student through this activity, but they also go to know each other as peers as we shared our words in class. Hopefully the students that receive our cards will enjoy them too!
By the way, my five words are "art, teacher, family, love, learner," and my sample card for the project is the photo above. Not only did students have to think of their five words, but they also needed to figure out how they could make a symbol that illustrated each word and how to put them all together in an interesting way. I think my students learned a lot from of these 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" miniature works of art!
So, what are your five words? I'd love for you to share them!