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Warm up page

4:08 PM, Wednesday November 24th 2021

I was wondering if anyone else made something like this for themselves.


It is a warm up page that I use each day that incorporates some of the exercises from lesson 1. I am working on lesson 2 now, so I am creating a second sheet to work on those skills. It takes about 5 minutes to finish.

If you use something like this, I wouldn't mind seeing it. If not, what are you using for warm ups?

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4:33 PM, Wednesday November 24th 2021

Some people definitely have put together similar premade sheets in the past. You're welcome to use them if you feel like it, but there are two things I want you to take into consideration:

  • It is important that students go through all the exercises on a regular sort of rotation, ensuring that no major skills get left behind. I noticed that this sheet appears to do a good job of capturing the core of the lines and ellipses exercises, but doesn't appear to include anything for the boxes. While that's easily solved by simply having different sheets - so another one that does include box exercises - people do have a tendency of following things a bit blindly, without really thinking it through, and when they see premade sheets like this, some people will just shut off their brains and only do the one sheet.

  • More importantly though, I find that there's a lot of value in actually going through the process of setting up a page to do an exercise just before doing it. It's a transitional experience that shifts us into the mindset of doing the exercise, of taking our time with it, and of generally approaching it with patience and discipline. When we work with premade sheets, we're actually putting ourselves in more of a mindset of getting through the work quickly, which can impact the way in which we practice the exercises themselves.

8:19 PM, Wednesday November 24th 2021

I understand what you are saying and appreciate the feedback. I have already taken it into account a bit. One, this isn't my only sheet. I have made a few more and cycled through them. I posted because I was hoping that others would share and I could cycle through theirs too. Two, I was also concerned that it would become a rote exercise, so I deliberately vary the orientation of the page, line direction, size of ovals, size of the ghosted plane, and type of crosshatching. I even try variations on the original exercises to change that up too. Three, I try to make this a focused activity where I am paying attention to each line, noting mistakes and problems as well as what is done correctly. I plan on making some pages for the remaining exercises in Lesson 1 and Lesson 2, but I am not done with them yet, so I guess you could say that I am practicing those now. Again, thanks for the feedback. Good points to think about.

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