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How To Make A Classroom Quilt

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Classroom quilts are a fun kids’ community service project which combines art, fabric and imagination! Students do not need to know how to draw to participate in this easy kids art project to promote team building skills and creative cooperation.

No worries if making a quilt sounds intimidating; this is not the traditional “quilt’, but classroom art that anyone of any age can lend their talents. 

Stuffed panda bear sitting on hand drawn fabric squares. Fabric squares contain dogs drawn with markers in red, blue and green.

Kids not not have to “artists” to lend their drawing and coloring skills to a classroom quilt. This is a great project to start off the school year as students enter new schools, new homerooms and meet new friends with the end result being a hand drawn quilt to enjoy, donate or auction as a school fundraiser.

Supplies for classroom quilt: white cotton squares, green, blue, red fabric markers, blue swatch of material.

Freezer Paper

Fabric Markers

Clip art for inspiration or tracing

Fabric or bond adhesive to make front of quilt

Fleece for backing

White cotton fabric for squares ( I use pre cut squares found on eBay) 6.5″ by 6.5″ 

Adult volunteer to assemble quilt

Choose A Theme

Choosing a theme for the quilt is not only fun, but helps lend organization to a project with many students. Theme classroom quilts are very popular as current trends can be incorporated into the quilt theme.

Choosing a theme is also a great way to have children collaborate, negotiate and compromise to collectively choose a theme. The process is also a nice way to introduce team building in the classroom.

The Superhero theme is always very popular and brings a smile to all ages.

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Some artists like to draw freehand while other young artists like to color. I usually have plain squares available and also sketch out a few templates for those who like to color, but are not comfortable drawing.

For example in another very popular theme is a dog/puppy themed quilt. Woof! Everyone loves a cute doggie on a quilt. Public domain clipart was used for inspiration; clipart is ideal as the images can be easily traced for those artists who’d prefer not to draw freehand. Google cute free dog clipart and a huge selection of images were available. 

Dog paw clipart on a white background. Markers in green, blue and red drew the clipart paws on fabric squares.

2. Prepare The Fabric Squares

Preparation is critical prior to gathering students. The preparation does take time; however, this is a project that is similar to a make ahead dish! 

  • Choose the size of the white fabric square. I used a 6.5 ” by 6.5″ white cotton square. This size leaves a nice 5.5″ size drawing area – the selvedge area (edge which will be in the quilt seam needs to be figured in the square size). 
  • A quarter inch selvedge edge for each side of the square is standard. Four sides with 1.4″ selvedge edge equals a 5.5″ size drawable area.
  • Prepare the freezer paper. Size to 70-80% of the fabric square. For a 6.5″ by 6.5″ fabric square each piece of freezer paper should be anywhere from a square measuring 5.5″ to 6.5″. The freezer paper is used to stabilize the square for drawing and prevents the fabric markers from possibly bleeding through to the surface below. 

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  • With a fabric marker draw a border 1/4″ in from each edge. This will create a square which indicates the drawable area. Don’t worry about the marker lines, the lines will disappear when the square is quilted. 

Freezer Paper Tip!

One of the nice aspects of this community service project is the ability to use donated fabrics and reuse the freezer paper. The freezer paper can be used multiple times – don’t throw it away once its’ been used!

For this project I would highly recommend a brand name freezer paper as the experience with bargain freezer paper was less than adequate.  I also recommend brand name fabric markers and the Crayola or Tulip brand fabric markers have proven consistently successful. Crayola has a classpack fabric marker which contains 80 fabric markers and is wonderful for classrooms or group events.

3. Draw Draw Draw!

Now the fun begins! Once a theme has been chosen and the squares have been prepped it is time to gather the kids and let the imagination and creativity roll! I have found bringing imagery is very helpful to inspire and it is also helpful if there a few squares with the outline image drawn in with a fabric marker to help those bashful artists or younger kids.

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4. Remove the Freezer Paper

Once the squares have been drawn the freezer paper can be peeled off. Store the freezer squares flat.

5. Prepare the Squares To Be Quilted

The arrangement of the squares can be left for the quilter to decide or can be arranged ahead of giving the squares to the quilter. It is fun to lay out the squares on the floor like a puzzle to arrange and rearrange the prospective quilt.

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4. Backing For the Quilt

A fleece backing works very well for the backing of the quilt. The traditional quilt with batting and backing can of course be utilized.

A no sew version of the quilt can also be made with heat bond adhesive. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a quilt with sewing!

The number of squares in a quilt is variable, but as the quilts are usually kids or lap blanket sized, figure 35-40 6.5″ squares per quilt. The quilt will be a rectangle.

Donated fabric and fleece can usually be obtained from a crafter or sewers stash. Put the word out before the project that fabric scraps are needed to make a classroom quilt and I guarantee donations will surface.

Plan on 1.5 yards of fleece for one quilt which makes a warm and comfy backing.

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Community Service Projects For Kids

The classroom quilt is appropriate for all ages – if the children can draw – they can participate in a classroom quilt. There is no skill level required and some of the youngest artists are the most creative! 

 The handprint version of the classroom quilt is also an interactive project for very young children while introducing children how to contribute to a community service project or nonprofit organization.

Another fun and rewarding Community Service Project for kids is to help make sleep mats for the homeless. Plastic bags are recycled to make sleep mats by turning the plastic bags into plarn and then knitted or crocheted into the sleep mat. Plarn is plastic yarn made from plastic bags.

How can kids help? Each sleep mat takes 500-700 plastic bags. That is alot of bags! Collecting plastic bags (and a valuable recycling exercise) can be done individually or as a group effort. 

Turn plastic bags into sleep mats for the homeless. Recycle and volunteer for this community service project!

The plastic bags can then be made into plarn! Making plarn is very easy and also very labor intensive due to the number of bags. I’ve included a resource How To Make Plarn and how to hold a Plarn Bag Drive.

I have found that children interested in Community Service Projects like the Classroom Quilt are also interested in making plarn.

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September 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

A great project and for a good cause too!

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September 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm

I admire you who quilt. Absolutely beautiful work.

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Classroom Quilt; A community building Project

  • Post author: Janelle Vogel
  • Post published: September 20, 2018
  • Post category: After School Program Activities / Arts & Crafts Activities For Kids
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Display the interests and hobbies of the children in your classroom by creating a one of a kind quilt. Grab some markers and a quilt kit to get started!

What is a Classroom Quilt?

The all about us group quilt is made by having each individual child create a square that represents them.  Then adding the squares together to make one beautiful quilt that represents everyone in the group or classroom. An all about us quilt is a good way for children to learn about each other and share interesting facts about themselves.  It can be used as a great get to know you activity.

Preparation for a Classroom Quilt

You can create your quilt by hand.  Start by cutting an 8×8 square of white  fabric for each child.  Your other option is to purchase a  classroom quilt kit from Amazon  (This is what I did). The quilt kit comes with 24 squares and 96 pre-cut pieces of yarn to tie together the squares.  The kit allows you to start the project with no prep work.

How to Make a Classroom Quilt

Ask children to think about what makes them unique and special.  

  • Do they play sports? 
  • Have any special skills or talents? 
  • Enjoy reading or other hobbies? 
  • Anything else interesting?

After children know what makes them special, and what they would like to add to their quilt square give them a pencil to sketch out a unique design that represents them. They can sketch it directly on the square or they can draw it on a scrap piece of paper before putting it on the square.  Ask kids to include as much detail as they can. The more detail and color the better each square looks and the better the completed classroom quilt will look when it’s finished.

Once the square sketch is complete, give children markers, fine tipped sharpies work best, but regular markers are fine if you do not have any sharpies on hand.  

As children finish their quilt squares combine them, using the yarn provided.  If you are making your quilt without the kit, cut a small hole in the corners of each square, cut  2 inch piece of yarn for each corner.  Tie the squares together using the yarn.

When the quilt is complete, it will be a masterpiece that represents every child in your group or classroom.  

More Group Craft Activities

If you like like classroom quilt you may also like Grid Art. This art activity takes a classic picture and breaks it into a grid of smaller pictures. Kids recreate the small pictures and then put them back together to create a group masterpiece.

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Quilt of Many Cultures

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Step 1 : Discuss the diversity and various cultures in the classroom, city, and world

Step 2 : Each student should have an 8 inch square of paper. They should draw an image or collage that represents an aspect of their cultural background. This could be a symbol, custom, flag, value, etc. 

Step 3: At the end, all the students will piece their part of the quilt together to create on giant one. Using a hole punch and yarn you can tie each patch together and display the quilt.

Step 4 : Discussion

  • How many different cultures are represented in the classroom?
  • What ties us together as Americans?
  • Ask the students what their square represent

Reflection: We mounted the white paper drawings onto colored construction paper to make the quilt stronger and more patchwork looking. 

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Quilt Design and Community in the Art Room

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Art offers a positive gateway to address both personal and community crisis and trauma. Throughout history, artists have expressed feelings of injustice in their work. Thus, it’s important to provide your students with an opportunity to express how they feel visually and creatively about a variety of subjects and themes. Students have a lot to say about their own lives and how they see the world. Sometimes we hear the words social justice, or civic engagement, or community involvement and think this is too heavy of a topic for young students, but there are age-appropriate ways to address these issues at every grade level.

One wonderful way for elementary students to understand community and civic engagement is through quilt design.

Image of quilt design using paper

  • Read: Carol Swartout Klein’s children’s book, Painting for Peace in Ferguson . This book tells the story of the community painting effort and showcases the dramatic and colorful paintings created on the boarded-up windows and doors after the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a great book to introduce at the elementary level because it does not go into the specifics of what caused the unrest but focuses on the way the community came together to begin the healing process through art.
  • Symbol Search: After sharing this children’s book with your class, you can have students start to look for symbols in the Ferguson artwork. Students may point out symbols like doves, peace signs, hearts, and others that reflect love, respect, and community. Many of the paintings also feature words and quotes promoting peace. You can ask students to interpret some of the meanings behind each quote and why these images and words would be painted on the boards.
  • Brainstorm: After students have identified symbols and quotes in the Ferguson paintings, they can work together to brainstorm other symbols. Ask the class for ideas of symbols that would represent love, peace, acceptance, etc. Write these on the board as a bank of symbols students may eventually choose from. At first, you may receive some pretty predictable ideas, but as those go up on the board, students will start to think more creatively. Ask them what the word peace means? Respect? Love? Ask them what images come to mind when they hear each word. While a heart shape may be the first association for the word love, can they think of other ways to draw it?
  • Create: Once you have a strong list of symbols reflecting these universal ideas of acceptance and peace, students can get to the artmaking! Explain to the class they will be creating a collaborative paper quilt. While this quilt isn’t a real quilt that can keep us warm, it will be created by a similar process of piecing squares together. Each student will be responsible for creating one paper square that represents a concept like peace, love, respect, or happiness. How the student chooses to visually communicate this message is up to them.

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The reason for using a quilt design for this community and civic engagement lesson is to demonstrate to students how each of them can play a part in showing others respect. The finished quilt will have a big impact because it will be large and colorful, and everyone in the school will stop to look at how awesome it is! However, the finished quilt would not be complete if even one square is missing, so every student’s contribution is vital just as every student is a vital part of your school community. Everyone should feel safe, respected, and accepted in their community.

More connections

1. elements and principles.

This lesson is also an opportunity to bring in some of the elements of art and principles of design, and to encourage students to apply what they know. You may instruct the class to use a specific color scheme of construction paper scraps. You could require their design to have radial balance or symmetry. Whatever elements and principles you want to incorporate, students can still apply a symbol to their design. While the concept of this project may be social justice, you can work in some art skills, as well.

2. Mathematical Fractions in Art

Another skill you could tie into this paper quilt project is to talk to students about fractions. One easy way to make a symmetrical quilt design is to start with two different colored square pieces of paper. Ask students to trace a circle on one of the squares and cut it out. Now ask them to cut it in half, and then in fourths. They now have four pizza slices of paper. Instruct students to glue one slice in each corner of their remaining square paper. Just like that, they have an interesting design with symmetrical balance. They can draw their symbol in the middle, or different symbols in each corner!

Image of quilt on display

3. Planning for an Impressive Display

One thing to consider when doing a large collaborative project like this is the end product. If you’re having all of your classes create a square, you’re going to want to maintain some sense of organization, and have a visually-appealing display when it’s done. One way you can achieve this is by controlling some of the color choices for your classes. If you have twelve classes, try assigning a color for every two classes. You will know Class A and Class B are using blue squares, and Class C and Class D are using red squares, etc. This helps you keep track of everything, and ensures you have a balanced variety of colors for the final display.

Image of quilt design in a hallway

When you’re ready to hang the work, think about making smaller panels to assemble the larger display. Instead of hanging up each individual square on its own, assemble a poster board full. Then attach the poster to the wall or bulletin board. This makes for more manageable assembly and tear down. You can tape or glue squares to the poster board more easily in your classroom, and then transport the poster to the hall or display area as they are finished. It’s much easier hanging ten poster boards full of art than stapling in hundreds of paper squares. Think smarter, not harder!

For more ideas on collaboration and community see 29 Collaborative Projects to Build Community in Your Art Room . 

Final Thoughts

Community and civic engagement don’t have to be scary topics for your students. There are resources out there, like children’s books, to help initiate these conversations. Students have their own opinions about the world they live in, and you can help facilitate positive discussions. As their art teacher, you can help them learn how to express these big ideas in creative and visual ways.

A collaborative project like this shows every student they are a part of a larger community, and they can contribute to something great. This is a great analogy for life, as well. Your students may feel like they are not a big part of their school, but you can show them the integral role they play in your class!

How do you approach social justice issues in the art room?

What collaborative projects do you teach?

What quilt-inspired projects have been successful in your art room?

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22 Captivating Culture Quilt Activities

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Introduction:

Culture quilt activities are fun, engaging, and educational ways to teach students about the rich and diverse world around them. Using quilting as a metaphor, these activities promote creativity, collaboration, and understanding of different cultures. Here are 22 captivating culture quilt activities you can try in your classroom or at home.

1. Quilt of Flags: Have students research different country flags and create a quilt square for each.

2. Traditional Patterns: Assign students various ethnic patterns (ex: Native American, African, or Indian) to create squares representing that specific culture.

3. Cultural Landmarks: Students can create quilt squares featuring famous landmarks from different countries.

4. Traditional Foods: Participants make squares portraying their favorite traditional dishes from various cultures.

5. World Languages: Encourage students to learn key phrases in different languages and incorporate them into their quilt squares.

6. Musical Quilt: Assign students to create an image that represents a genre of music from a specific culture.

7. Poetry Patchwork: Invite participants to write their own poems or find traditional poems from various cultures to incorporate into the quilt.

8. Biographical Squares: Assign students to research inspiring individuals from different cultures and create a square celebrating each person’s achievements.

9. Global Fashion: Have participants design clothing squares inspired by traditional attire from around the world.

10. Cultural Holidays: Create quilt squares featuring various celebrations and holidays from different cultures.

11. Religious Symbols: Students design squares with symbols of world faiths and religions in a respectful manner.

12. Cultural Proverbs: Participants incorporate wise sayings or proverbs from different countries into their quilt squares.

13. Children’s Literature: Assign famous children’s stories from around the world as inspiration for creating literary-themed quilt squares.

14. Currency Collage: Incorporate images of currency from various nations into your quilt design.

15. Mask Mosaic: Create squares inspired by traditional masks from diverse cultures around the world.

16. Family Trees: Encourage participants to create squares reflecting their own family history and cultural background.

17. Cultural Heroes: Students create quilt squares portraying influential cultural heroes from different countries.

18. Cultural Dances: Assign students to research and depict traditional dances from various cultures in their quilt square designs.

19. Climate Quilt: Participants design squares that represent the climates and geographical features of different regions of the world.

20. Wildlife World: Incorporate images of unique animal species from various countries into your quilt squares.

21. Science and Inventions: Assign students to research important scientific innovations or discoveries from diverse cultures and create corresponding quilt squares.

22. Unity in Diversity Finale: Gather all the quilt squares created by your students, and combine them into a final display, establishing a fascinating, visual representation of our world’s vibrant cultural diversity.

Conclusion:

Culture quilt activities not only provide an engaging approach to learning about our diverse world but also emphasize creativity and collaboration among students. By incorporating these 22 captivating culture quilt activities, students will develop a greater appreciation for different traditions, history, and perspectives while expanding their overall understanding of global cultures.

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1st Grade - Act. 09: Freedom Quilt

After learning about a specific national symbol, each student will create one section of a classroom quilt that will be tied together.

  • The Flag We Love  by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • straws (one for each student)
  • 9x9" squares of blue construction paper (2 for each student)
  • flag cover and writing template (one for each student)
  • 3x3" squares of red and white construction paper (4 red and 5 white for each student)
  • other items for decorating

Additional Resources:

The Pledge of Allegiance  (Scholastic) Red, White, and Blue  by Susan Canizares and Betsy Chessen America  by W. Nikola-Lisa The Statue of Liberty  by Lucille Recht Penner Yankee Doodle  by Gary Chalk Five-Pointed Star in One Snip - from the Besty Ross Homepage

Background for Teachers

This activity is designed to be used after a series of lessons on state and national symbols. Students should be exposed to various patriotic symbols, and their meanings and significance prior to this lesson. Students could be exposed to state and national symbols and patriotic traditions during shared reading time, guided reading, and small group activities. Students could also be assigned a specific symbol and research it using a variety of resources such as the library, computer, teachers, parents, and interviews.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes 2. Demonstrate social skills and ethical responsibilities. 3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors.

Process Skills Symbolization

Instructional Procedures

Invitation to Learn Show a quilt or a picture of a quilt. "What is a quilt? Why is it different or special from a plain piece of fabric?" Guide the discussion to include how a quilt is made up of many different pieces of material sewn together to make one big beautiful blanket. Explain that this is very much like America. America is made up of many wonderful people who work together to make this country great. Today we are going to make a quilt all about America and use the things we have already learned about. Each of you are going to make a part of the quilt and then we will tie it together. This will symbolize how we all need to work together to make our country the best place it can be.

  • Read The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan. As you read, draw attention to the way people are showing respect for the flag. Explain that the flag is probably our most significant symbol of our country and definitely belongs on our Freedom Quilt.
  • Have students color their flag cover appropriately and then complete the sentence "I can show respect to my country by __________." Have students cut out both flags and place them together with the flag cover on top. Staple or glue the left sides together. Then staple the straw on top of the left side so it appears to be the flagpole. Glue the completed flag on one of the blue 9x9" pieces of paper.
  • Take a few minutes and review the national or state symbols or significant landmarks you covered in previous lessons. (These symbols or landmarks may include the bald eagle, Liberty Bell, Utah's State Flag, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the first flag of the United States, etc.)
  • Give each student 5 white squares and 4 red squares. On one white square, have students write their name. On the remaining four white squares, have students choose four of their favorite national or state symbols and draw one symbol on each square. On the four red squares have students choose four words that describe America and write one word on each square (i.e. freedom, love, peace, choices, red, white, blue, Uncle Sam, etc.)
  • Have students glue their red and white squares in an alternating pattern on the other blue 9x9" piece of blue construction paper. (See sample drawing.)
  • Allow time for each student to show their pieces of the quilt to the class.
  • Punch holes in the corners of the squares and tie the quilt together with yarn.

Possible Extensions/Adaptations Quilts can be used to teach a variety of subjects, including math and literature. Quilts help teach patterns, measurement, calculations, and other math skills. Quilts can also be used to instruct students on different cultures and be used as an innovative way of telling a story.

Family Connections Each student could focus on a specific state or national symbol and compile a poster about that item at home. Students could bring their posters to school and the class could spend a day having a "Freedom Fair."

  • Students who have origins or ties to another country could be assigned to find symbols or information about that country to share with the class.
  • Students could interview family members about their feelings of freedom.
  • Students could compile a book of their favorite national or state symbols and their significance or meaning.

Assessment Plan

As students complete this activity you will find many ways to assess them. They can be assessed by the things they write and draw, and by the ways they present and explain their quilt pieces to the class.

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Directions 1. After students have finished reading a book, have them choose a key scene, main event, character, chapter, or theme to illustrate.

2. Squares can be made from paper or cloth. The simplest format is white construction or copy paper cut into a square with dimensions of nine to 12 inches. The size of the square and the number of students will determine how large your final quilt will be.

3. We suggest that you guide students to draw a draft of their quilt square on scratch paper. This will help them plan the spacing and arrangement of their visual and written responses.

4. Around the edges of the square, students draw a one-inch border.

5. Inside the border the students create their illustration. We suggest that you have them include a sentence or two explaining the significance of the illustration, or a quote directly from the book that supports the illustration.

6. Students can create their quilts with their literature circle group (so that each group uses a common motif for the border but each student creates his/her own square). You can also create the quilt with the whole class. In that case, students brainstorm ideas for symbols to go around the border and then vote for their favorite.

7. As a final touch, every student draws in the border.

8. You then mount all the squares on a long strip of butcher paper. If you don’t have the right number of squares to make even rows, you can have a student (or group) create an extra square with the title of the book and author. If you need yet another square to even things out, you can ask another student to create a square that identifies the class that made the quilt and include the date.

REMEMBER: An important part of extension projects is having each student present their project to the class. With the quilt it is fun to sit in a circle and have each student lay their square on the floor as they talk about their process. This way students get to see the quilt slowly come together into one complete work of art. Return to top

Several examples are shown below. The first is from a 5th grade classroom reading books set during the Revolutionary War and focused on a theme of Finding the Courage to Help Others.   The quilt square pictured on the left came from the group that read My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher and James Lincoln Collier.  The group designed a border with common symbols, then each member selected an important part of the book to illustrate.  Each quilt square also includes a short explanation of how the book tied to the theme. The photo on the right shows another group's segment of the assembled quilt (squares are glued onto a large piece of black butcher paper; yarn "ties" are glued in place)

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  • Unit 2. Examples of Whole-class Activities
  • Creating a Mindful Learning Environment using Adobe Connect
  • Creating Community Agreements Collaboratively with Online Students: Reasons, Anti-Racist Considerations, and Logistics in Adobe Connect
  • The Use of a Large Chat Pod to Encourage Chat Participation About Particular Questions
  • Using Large Slides and a Smaller Chat Pod to Focus Attention on Mini-Lecture Content
  • Creating Opportunities for Student Voice in Online Classes by Using Polls for Feedback
  • Using Polls to Guide Class Check-in Time
  • Using a Poll and a Second Chat Pod to Wrap Up the Class Session
  • Adobe Connect Status Icons: A Useful Feature to Increase Engagement
  • Bringing All Students onto Webcam Together for Special Circumstances: Using a Large Video Pod
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  • Group Presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an Extra Wide Video Pod and Dedicated Second Chat Pod for Q&A
  • Live Drawing Using a Second Webcam
  • Using a Large Webcam Pod and Large Chat in a Panel View Layout: How to Create a Custom Virtual Stage for Successful Guest Speaker Presentations
  • Dedicated Chat Pods for Simulated Client Role Play Video Exercise in an Online Skills-Based Lab
  • “Good Point. I Agree.”: Challenging Students to Create “Thoughtful Contributions” in Class
  • A Moment of Action: Opening an Inclusive, Engaged, and Trauma-Informed Classroom
  • In-Class Breaks: The Importance of Taking a Break During Online Classes and Considerations for Break Activities
  • Community-building in Adobe Connect: Using Layouts and Different Pods to Facilitate Games and Icebreaker Activities
  • Building Online Class Community Through Photos and Storytelling
  • “Student Spotlight” Activity: Cultivating an Empathetic Online Community
  • Using Emojis in Adobe Connect to Encourage Student Engagement
  • AHA Moments: Connecting Online Course Content to Field Education
  • Using Layouts to Facilitate Guided Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga in Adobe Connect Classrooms
  • Mindfulness and the Engaged Online Classroom
  • Chair Yoga in the Online Classroom 
  • Using PhotoVoice as a Teaching Tool in the Adobe Connect Classroom
  • Using a Creative Award Presentation to Review Semester Content and Leave a Lasting Impact

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  • Unit 3. Examples of Small-Group Breakout Activities and Debriefs
  • Enriching Classroom Discussions with Breakout Rooms
  • Enhancing Student Engagement in the 10-Minute Breakout Activity: Pre-assigning Groups and Roles
  • Showing Note Pods from Breakout Groups in one Layout to Debrief or Monitor Progress of a Breakout Conversation: Using a Birds Eye View Setup
  • KWL Charts: How to Implement this Teaching Technique in the Adobe Connect Online Classroom
  • Breakout Exercise for Collective Syllabus Annotation in Adobe Connect
  • Concept Mapping: Bringing Universal Design for Learning to the Adobe Connect Classroom
  • An Example of Using the Whiteboard for Small Breakout Groups in Adobe Connect: “Draw Poverty”
  • Scripted Role Play in Adobe Connect: Practicing Clinical Skills in an Online Classroom
  • Dimensions of Self Care: Exploring Clinical Issues for Social Workers in an Online Classroom
  • The Use of Polls to Facilitate Post-Role Play Exercise Debriefing Discussions in an Online Skills Lab
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Termination is an expected, but often dreaded, aspect of being a social work student. It can be described as the process to ending a relationship. For students, they terminate their internships and their relationships with the clients and professionals they learn from during that time. Termination is a process because it often starts weeks before the actual end date or last day for students and gives the students the opportunity to review goals accomplished and to plan for their clients after they finish their internships. This activity allows students an opportunity to create an image that illustrates their experience over the course of a semester as part of the process of terminating with a classroom community at the end of a semester. Instructions are minimal to allow students to be as creative as they would like.

This activity allows students to:

  • Reflect on new knowledge, skills, and experiences gained over an academic semester,
  • Be creative by using any media (digital art, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc.) they would like to create their photo or image.
  • Build community and process the end of the semester together.

This activity was used as a way for students to terminate with the online community that was built over the course of a semester in an advanced clinical course for second year students. Coupled with a lecture on terminating with clients in their field placement, this activity was used as a tool to show students an example of termination in a hands-on way. A Termination Quilt can be adapted in the following ways:

  • Students can describe themselves before and after a semester with the two images being displayed at the final class;
  • Students can reflect on their entire experience of an academic program;
  • Students can create a visual for their future selves that can be emailed to them at an agreed upon time with the students’ permission (for example: in two years, when they pass their licensing exam), or students can use an email scheduler to schedule-send a future email to themselves;
  • Students can do this as an introductory activity, where the images represent who each student is.

This was one of my favorite activities because the entire class was able to see everyone’s experience as individuals and as a class. The instructional team chose to display each student’s image separately in a slideshow first, and then all the images together in a compilation image. Students created images using the new vocabulary they learned, included photos of themselves and their favorite tools from their internships, and wrote stories about the moments that made the biggest impact on them. Some images were simple and only included a few colors or words while others incorporated a variety of colors and quotes.

Technical Details and Steps

Step 1: introducing the termination quilt activity via your learning platform.

We utilized Canvas (our learning management system) to create an assignment that included the instructions for this activity and to send out an announcement to remind students of the deadline. For our class, students emailed the finished photo to me as the LSS. However, Canvas can also be used to upload the images to an assignment if the individual creating the quilt has access to the assignment.

Here is some sample language for the assignment:

Please create an image on a 8x11 piece of paper (standard printer paper) or a digital image of the same size using any materials you would like. These materials can include paint, pens, colored pencils, markers, and magazines. You are welcome to use words or images or a combination of both! Please reflect on the semester and your experience with the course materials. Once you’ve created your image, please take a picture of it and save it as a .JPEG file to be emailed to the LSS. Please email your images to our LSS Sierra by Monday, April 11 at 9am EST.

Step 2: Creating the Termination Quilt

I used Powerpoint but you can substitute that for any program/software that allows you to create a slideshow. Once all the students’ images have been collected, insert each photo onto a slide and arrange them in rows. Larger classes will have smaller images. Images can be arranged at the instructional team’s discretion. Some potential arrangements are 1) in order of images received, 2) in alphabetical order, 3) reverse alphabetical order, or 4) at random.

We also chose to create a slideshow with the student’s images. To create the slideshow, we also used Powerpoint. If you’d like to do this, first insert each student’s photo on a separate slide. Next, adjust the photo’s size, depending on the orientation of portrait or landscape, so that the photo fills as much of the slide as possible. Next, use the Create a Video option under Export to create your video with the custom settings that you would like.

Step 3: Displaying your Termination Quilt in Adobe Connect

The slideshow or video can be uploaded to Adobe Connect as you would upload any slideshow or video. Please refer to the below section for more information about displaying your termination quilt. I have included examples of what this can look like for a class with 12 students ( Image 1 ) and a class with 30 students ( Image 2 ). For a fun addition, you can upload a song of the class’ choice to play in a separate share pod.

What this looked like in Adobe Connect

Image 1 : Adobe Connect classroom, displaying a large share pod with a slide with 12 colored boxes to represent student images. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 1 Alt-Text : This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. On the far left, there is a video pod with the webcam displaying an image of the author, Sierra Spriggs, with a share pod underneath with a song selection, titled “music,” and the attendees pod is at the bottom. In the middle, there is a large share pod displaying a slideshow with twelve colored boxes to represent student images. The colored boxes are arranged in six columns with two rows. The top row is blue, yellow, red, purple, orange, white. The bottom row is light blue, light orange, gray, light pink, red, and green. Below the colored boxes the slide says “Example Class Size: 12 students.” On the right side, there is a Chat pod that does not have any chat messages.

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