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Types of lessons we choose to teach... great dialogue :)

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Mrsbeeswax_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Apr 22 2002 - 04:44:31 PDT


Hi All,
I must have missed the beginning of this whole canned lesson vs all inclusive
approach.
 I will share with you an enlightening discussion I had with an art
supervisor from another state during an NAEA convention a few years ago.
We were sitting at a very crowded presentation. Lots of great lesson ideas
being batted about, people hastily writing and clammering for copies of these
ideas, and this person turned to me and said...
But what's the problem.. what are the students trying to figure out, what are
they learning if the specifics are all figured out for them ?? (that put it
into perspective)
Boy do I flash back to that conversation often, and reanalyze my reasons for
doing the lessons I teach and what the outcomes are, and what other ways
could I reach the same end.
Any conversation that causes ANY of us to re evaluate our teaching
practices, either to say " Hey, I think I'll try this instead !"
or " Hey, this is an amazing lesson that I created, and it does exactly what
it was meant to do !!" ---> insert a pat yourself on the back here :)
is GREAT PROFESSIONAL DIALOGUE.
No we don't always do everything right, but as long as we continue to regroup
and learn from each other. It's a good thing !!!!!
Sometimes we learn what to do and sometimes we learn, never to do that again
!!
Just think if this vehicle was not available to us, we would rarely if ever
have styles to compare and contrast, lessons to share and reinterpret.
We'd be stuck in our collective cubicles and getting staler by the minute.
Thanks to Getty for this forum !!!!!!
thanks to all who share, thanks to all who rebutt, thanks to those who offend
and take offense. It's all part of being in a group. never stale :)
As long as we're not stomping, and climbing on top of fellow art educators to
get to our collective plateaus, I think we're having a great professional
exchange.

keep it coming !!!!!!!
Christine Besack :)

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