Sketchbook time is a necessary to get my students focused on art instead of what just happened in the hallway or who put their mouth on the water fountain.
The last two weeks there has been a theme in the sketchbook assignment. The first week was "Draw what you think you will look like in 10 years." The second week was, "Draw what you think you will look like in 50 years." Most of the kids spent more time talking about how old they will be in 50 years than actually drawing it. Needless to say I will be throwing that one out in future years. However, I did have one student make a request which made me laugh.
"Can our next sketchbook assignment be to draw ourselves in 100 years? Because I am really good at drawing a skull and bones."