Since I have been at Maclay I have blogged on Friday several times.
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2016/10/fabulously-fridafrida-kahlo-that-is.html 
On that post you can find all kinds of information about Frida.
 I showed the students a video clip of Frida and read her bio. We discussed her life. This brought up lots of conversation in the class. It is a great way to get incite on just where your kids are in dealing with different situations. Do they have empathy and sympathy? To sum up the differences between the most commonly used meanings of these two terms: sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another. This is one character trait that I am trying to really focus on with my students. Empathy and I have found a good avenue is through art history.
 How did we create these Frida’s?
12×18 white paper
Drew out a sketch of Frida with pencil
Colored in with oil pastel, markers and crayons
Name on back with class code
 http://www.mayagonzalez.com/blog/2013/08/9-interesting-frida-facts/
 9 Interesting Facts About Frida:
  1.  Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón. The name Frieda comes from the German word Friede, which means peace. She dropped the e from her name around 1935, and subsequently became known as Frida.
  2. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits and 88 are not
    She underwent 35 operations as a result of the bus accident she had in her youth
  3. She frequently included the symbolic monkey. In Mexican mythology, monkeys are symbols of lust, but Kahlo portrayed them as tender and protective symbols.
  4. The Louvre bought one of her paintings, The Frame. This was the first work by a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally renowned museum.
  5. Frida Kahlo’s ‘Roots’ holds the auction record for a Latin American piece of art.
  6. The 1943 work sold for US$ 5.6 million in 2006.
  7. Diego was 20 years older than Frida.
  8. Frida was injured in a bus accident at age 15, she died at age 47.
  9. Frida lived 4 years in the United States, including time here in San Francisco, CA
 Each one turned out so super different.
 Love the details in the background.

 
Can I tell you how blessed I am that my school believes in Relevant Professional Development. This past month I was able to attend the NAEA Conference in NY. We had a smidge bit of down time and ran up to the MOMA to see this original Frida. This was the best professional development that I have ever attended.
 I thought this was clever. They had her portrait hanging beside a mirror. Yes, you can imagine my excitement to see this because the MOMA lets you take photos in most areas of the museum.
 So, you guessed it. 1965 and I had to do a digital selfie in the mirror. What a day and what an experience. I can’t wait to share with the other art teachers at Maclay all the information that I brought back with me from NY!

We have an awesome team of Visual Arts teachers at Maclay. We (Kyle, Cathy and Kaitlyn) have all worked together to restructure the Visual Arts Classes for Upper School. We are working to have a strong vertical alignment and horizontal alignment too. Kyle and Kaitlyn did a super job on the flyers for this! Check them out below. Wowzy….
Now, if I can just figure out how to get all of us to the NAEA Conference 2018 in Seattle…fingers crossed!

EEEEK! Super excited. Thanks for stopping by – 1969
Check out these Youtube clips below for even more information on Friday!

Art Class got in on some of the action of teaching about bullying. We were asked to make signs that say, “You Are The BBQ Sauce.” We didn’t tell the kids why. Other teachers on campus hung them up. The kids were buzzing with ideas on what this concept meant. They were up for a week then all homeroom classes had a session on watching the video below.  This video clip lead to a dialogue on how you should treat people. This was a venue for discussing a myriad of issues that kids deal with in the bullying realm.


Follow up questions after the video were sent out by email. They are listed below. Thanks to Lance and Kathy for organizing this well worth it activity to promote awareness in our school.
 
4 Ways To Deal With A Bully
1)     What did you think of the video?
2)     What is the main takeaway from the video?
3)     How common is bullying here at Maclay?
4)     Does age make a difference?
5)     Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
6)     Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
7)     Why don’t some children tell?
8)     What does it feel like to be bullied?
9)     What is the role of peers in bullying?
10)  Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Follow up questions for the video were sent out by Lance Ramer and Kathy Englebrecht for a post discussion during homeroom.This leaves the door open for kids to come to us for their advocate if a specific situation arises. 

I have worked in several schools and I must admit that my School Head is on POINT when dealing with these situations. She just has her finger on the pulse of our middle school students. So lucky to be working with her and learning her tricks of the trade to grow my personal awareness and be able to collaborate with my peer faculty members.

How did we make signs? We used extra time at the end of class and had kids that were in between lessons collaborate and work on them. We used donated mat board, markers, pencils, and crayons.
I took photos of a few and printed them on the copier for the BBQ Sauce Team to be able to hang them up in classrooms, around school and on lockers.

How do you tackle this subject in your classroom?
We would love for you to share. Please comment in the links below and let us here from you.
Do you collaborate with other classrooms on your campus? How do you all spread the word?
https://www.littlethings.com/comical-kid-gives-funny-but-effective-anti-bullying-tips/
Enjoy, 1969

UPDATED on 3/7/2017
4 Ways to Deal with a Bully – Summary of Responses 

1) What did you think of the video?
Good source of information
Helpful – interesting to watch
Different version of information
Lame one-liners
Different than what they expected
Good examples – shorter is more effective
Empowering
Now know what the signs meant

2) What is the main takeaway from the video?
You are the BBQ Sauce
Need to be nice to everyone, even if everyone doesn’t like you
4 ways to deal with a bully
Good metaphor
Relaxed – casual people talking about bullying
Bullies are bad
Stand up for people without being mean
We should not be complacent – need to help others

3) How common is bullying here at Maclay?
Relatively rare
Much better here than other places
Kids feel safe here
See it a lot – Happens Frequently (break & lunch)
More verbal bullying – “just joking” – sarcastic & shady
Not at all
Pretty common – teasing
No physical bullying
People are too sensitive
Most are benevolent, however some can be malevolent

4) Does age make a difference?
Going to theatre
HS @ lunch – MS @ drama
Yes & No – bullying should not take place
Some older kids think they have power over the younger kids
8th graders are being rude to 7th graders
Older kids think it’s cool to pick on younger folks
Younger kids won’t stand up to older kids
Worse in lower school

5) Are there differences in the bullying experience of girls and boys?
Girls talk behind your back and think that they are better than you
Boys make fun of each other
Girls are biggest bullies – gossip
Boys tease each other more, but get over it
Girls have more drama and are meaner
Girls over react with everything
Guys are more physical – Girls are verbal
Don’t think boys realize they’re bullying
Girls more sensitive
Getting cut from athletic teams can be hard because people talk about you

6) Who do children tell when they are being bullied?
Mom, Sister, Teachers
Tell their friends, especially girls
Boys would tell and adult if they thought someone’s life was in danger
Scared to tell & be labeled a snitch
Guidance – Mrs. Smith
Teachers they’ve known for a while
Parents or their Regent

7) Why don’t some children tell?
Scared
Easier to not get involved
Maybe they think if they tell the other person will bully them more
Become a bigger target/Make things worse
Afraid others won’t talk to them
Embarrassed
Scared
Bully would tell them not to tell. If they did they would not have friends and other students would give them a hard time.

8) What does it feel like to be bullied?
I don’t like being taken advantage of
It sucks
I haven’t been bullied – harassed (bullying is everyday & consistent…harassment is less frequent)
Bad/Saddening – feel like alone
Ruptures your soul, and it is quite abrupt

9) What is the role of peers in bullying?

Must standup/confront the bully

Depends on the type of bullying – Verbal v Physical

There’s a small group of people in each grade that would talk

Most people would just watch & not speak up

Depends on how bad the problem gets/context

Support the person being bullied – emotionally

10) Are some children more likely to bully than others?
Can’t be explained – jealousy
If you grow up a bully, you’ll continue to be one
Bullies come from unfortunate/uncomfortable lives and bad situations
Bullies are insecure & they need to bully to feel secure & not worry
Popular/Not Popular
Small school lends to less bullying because you know everyone