February 2008
Vol 5 No 2

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.2
February 2008
Cover Story:
Rethinking Homework
By Alfie Kohn
Daily homework is the rule in most schools. Why not make it the exception?

Coaches Are More Effective than Mentors
Sources for Below Grade Level Reading
To Promote Responsibility, Elicit Rather Than Impose
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five for February
Filtering the Web: Mission Impossible?
Hot Tips to Stay Healthy; High Speed Sub Plans

Fighting "February Slump"
Make That Presentation a Winner!
Sports Done Right
Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Read Across America
Maslow - Alive and Well in the Classroom
25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention
The Year of the Earth Rat - The Chinese Zodiac

Featured Lessons: February 2008
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Book Review: Three Cups of Tea
Video Bytes: NCLB, Whiteboard, and More
Creative & Critical Thinking Activities
Editor's Pick: Travels With Music
Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
Teachers.Net Craft Favorite: Picasso Faces
Today Is... Daily Commemoration for February 2008
Live on Teachers.Net: February 2008
Chatboard Poll: Do schools need to change, and how?
Preparing for Your Student Teacher
Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Featured Craft Project

Teachers.Net Favorite

Featured Craft Project: Picasso Faces

By Barb Gilman
From the Teachers.Net Archive
February 1, 2008
Pablo Picasso used many different styles in his work. This lesson from the April 2002 Gazette introduces his abstract work.

Project: Portraits using abstract art in the style of Picasso's painting, The Girl Before the Mirror.

Objective: Abstract art

Definition: Art that departs significantly from natural appearances. Forms are modified or changed to varying degrees in order to emphasize certain qualities or content. Recognizable references to original appearances may be slight. Artforms 5th edition, Duane and Sarah Preble

Medium: Oil Pastels


  • 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of black construction paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • White crayon

Background: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) one of the greatest artists of our century used many different styles in his work. This lesson introduces his abstract work.

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Procedure: The students are shown Picasso's painting, The Girl Before the Mirror. The students are directed to the faces in the painting and to see how Picasso changed the faces from natural looking faces to abstract faces. The teacher then demonstrates the lesson by following these step by step instructions.

  1. Draw a circle for a face, using a white crayon.
  2. Draw a profile down the face.
  3. Draw the front view of an eye and a side view of an eye. You can place one eye in a different place.
  4. Draw the mouth.
  5. Make crazy hairstyles. Draw each hair.
  6. Outline every single line with a black pastel.
  7. Color all parts. Color each side a different color.
Barb Gilman

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