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Lesson Plans

Curriculum Issues

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Patricia J. Miltner (
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 18:24:52 -0600 (CST)

This message responds to the topic of Inquiry Learning on Our Place in
the World, Dr. Erickson's Curriculum Resource Guide.
In discussing "Inquiry Learning", I am drawn to Activity Two, Ideas for
developing inquiry learning with students. As I read the questions
addressing "art making", I was impressed with the number of times the
word 'choose' or 'choices' was used. The questions begin with the
individual,"why do I make art?", incorporate inspiration and influences
from the universal community, "What art ideas, beliefs, and activities do
I choose and from whom have I learned them?", and conclude in
self-assessment. Do students make art because the teacher tells them to?
Are they fulfilled in creating 'assembly line' imitations? Don't think
so. The "art making" questions engage students in their CHOICES, from the
'beginning with ideas' to 'working with choices' concluding with
'achieving goals'. These questions enable students and teacher to examine the end of a lesson...why did we do this? What have
we learned, about OURSELVES and the rest of the world?

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Pat Miltner
Dr. Eugene Skinner Magnet Center
4304 North 33rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111