Shoe Composition


I have to give Brian Wall credit for introducing me to a lot of my lessons.  He was my colleague when I worked at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California.  I am really blessed to have had such a great mentor for the 10 years that I worked with him.  I truly cherish that time and value the collaborating we were able to do.  This lesson has been tweaked over the years, but for the most part was passed on to me from him.

I made and have used the demonstration videos in class for a few years.  This will be the first year that I am incorporating the videos into a HyperDoc slideshow.  When I first made the videos I really didn’t know what to expect.  They have improved my teaching and made the day more enjoyable.  I am not repeating myself a million times and I am able to walk around and give one-on-one demonstrations as needed.

The last slide is a work in progress.  The purpose of the final slide is for self critique and instructions for their digital portfolio.   I am working on a website tutorial along with some standard forms for their personal websites.  May goal is to have this available when school gets rolling in August.  Stay tuned I’ll be posting that next.

Web-published post link to HyperDoc lesson: Shoe Composition

Link to file you can editlink to HyperDoc lesson: Shoe Composition


What is a HyperDoc?

HyperDoc’s have changed the way I teach forever.  Since our school went 1:1 I have been playing with media to present my lessons to my students.

I started out making stop motion videos to demonstrate lessons.  Days of using a document camera are pretty much over.  Making videos is an amazing tool for so many reasons.  My classroom is differentiated and student engagement is remarkable.  I am able to navigate around the room and help students as everyone is maneuvering through the steps of the lesson on their own.

One of the challenges I have had in lecture style teaching is student accountability.  I remember talking to the class, asking a question, and day after day I would hear from the same students.  Honestly, I felt like I was pulling teeth to get the entire room to interact with me.  Then HyperDoc’s happened.  Through this mindset of developing a lesson my content has more flow and is 100% engaging. HyperDoc’s is a platform where you can imbed a range of online apps that help to engage students and assess comprehension.   I wouldn’t say my room is 100% flipped, but it is definitely blended learning.  I love it and so do they.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 6.02.24 AMLast year I attended the CUE conference for the first time.  I kept hearing people talk about HyperDoc’s.  So I went to a presentation and listened to Lisa Highfill (one of the authors) speak and it all clicked.  This is a mindset on how to package am interactive learning experience.  There is a path you offer your students that leads them through the journey of your lesson.  Since I have been developing my lessons using this mindset I feel I have become a better teacher.  Here is a link to the book (I am not affiliated with them what so ever).  HyperDoc Handbook on Amazon

This is a web-published link to HyperDoc slide show I am going to use to present to my colleagues.  This lesson is a work in progress and some of the links are not totally functioning.  I will link them right before I present end of July, 2018.

Link to file you can edit link to HyperDoc lesson: All Wrapped Up


Drawing Exercises

What’s really going on? Maybe I am nuts…. but I am thinking about the beginning of the school year already. This is only because of a veteran teacher’s advice my first year of teaching. He told me, “Don’t leave on the last day of school without having the first week of school ready to go.” All except for 1 out of 16 years I have followed his advice. The year I didn’t, I cursed my own name in vain. I was stuck in a broken down copy room trying to making copies of my course outlines and classroom bingo cards. This year I threw this packet into the mix, so I am all set for the first week of school…. it sounds insane, but believe me it makes going back so much easier!

My goal in this lesson is to: build confidence, teach foundation skills, and start a dialog about vocabulary.

Web-published post link to HyperDoc lesson: Drawing Exercises.  

Link to file you can edit link to HyperDoc lesson: Drawing Exercises.  

Cheralynn Johnston – Artist and Educator

imageI’ve been teaching high school art since 2000.  I took a couple of years off and went to SCAD and earned an MFA in Painting.  I really thought I was going back to the classroom “for a year” to figure out life and finances after grad-school.  This Fall I will be starting my 7th year at Salinas High School and 17th year teaching.  Needless to say I truly love my job.

A few years ago Salinas High School District offered 1:1 chromebooks for our students.  At first I really didn’t know how this technology would be an asset to the art room, but I was eager to figure it out.  It’s put the spark back into creating lessons and totally changed the way I teach.

I am pleased to share with you what is working for me and my students.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I love knowing I am not only teaching my students, but being able to share and collaborate with teachers around the world.