Austin’s Butterfly

| February 25, 2013

This link was shared with us by Rhonda Berkower at The Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, a “Drawing across the Curriculum” participating school–  its a wonderful example of how Expeditionary Learning Schools use multiple drafts and peer critique to cultivate excellence

Austin’s Butterfly video

A series of drafts of a scientific illustration of a Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly were drawn by Austin, a first grade student at Anser Charter School in Boise, Idaho.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • A great model of critique and revision for students and teachers of all ages; it has been used a metaphor for improvement by students from kindergarten to high school, and by teachers and school leaders. It’s clear, visual image of the reason to have high standards and systems for improving work.
  • An example of the difference between creative drawing and scientific drawing
  • The specific changes in his drawings can be linked to very specific feedback from peers, illuminating the need for critique to be targeted and specific.
  • An inspirational model of the power of perseverance and revision to improve quality
  • An example of how we often stop short in school from pushing students to a high level of quality.