I can relate to the scratchboard tool dilemma too. I also have the problem
of students bending and breaking the blades. We are about to start
printmaking and I'm afraid the same thing will occur with the printmaking
tools. Maybe someone has a strategy for ensuring the best care and use of
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Arcement" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: What was I thinking!
> Jana, I totally understand your reaction to the mess and hassle!!! I
> been working on a scratchboard project with my Art I students and I am
> to scream~!!!!~!!!! It seems that two of my 10th grade boys insist on
> sticking the sharp pointy objects into each other and this kind of
> makes me CRAZY~~~~~~~ if you know what I mean. I have been asking myself
> the classic question, "Did I really want to hand a sharp pointy object to
> such immature adolescents, at this time of the school year?" I feel like
> I'm exhausted and can't move another inch of my body and yet I hand a
> pointy object" to an adolescent boy! I sometimes wonder "if I'm playing
> with a full deck"... IN any event, I am trying to keep my composure and
> "come unglued at the seams". Just hangin in there till the end of May...
> Affectionately, and sympathetically,
> Idus in southern Mississippi (about an hour from New Orleans)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jana Way" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 1:00 PM
> Subject: What was I thinking!
> > I have entered the time of year where I really need to have someone
> > critique my lesson plans and say "Do you really think that this is a
> > idea" or "Can you handle this?". Either that or have a full blown
> > psychological evaluation!
> > I thought that it would be "cute" to make papier mache' piggy banks with
> > Kindergarten. What a mess! What was I thinking! This is a project
> > should have started at the beginning of the year when I was fresh and
> > rested, NOT at the end of the year with only 4 1/2 weeks to go.
> > Hurry up summer!
> > Jana
> > ---