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Lesson Plans

Home grown questions

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Sun, 06 Apr 1997 14:49:12 -0700

Home grown questions as you wrote so eloquently do have resonance.
Don't these arrive out of an environment that seeks answers and that
withholds judgement during the process of finding answers? I see the
Place in the World Curriculum as a starting point and not a
destination. Individual teachers create the environment that exist in
learning. The curriculural neccessities can make it easier or more
difficult to create that environment. I shudder to think and certainly
do not beleive that Our Place in the World was meant to be taught in a
static way. I see it as a model to use and modify as needed. I don't
think you and it's author disagree in root beliefs.
I enjoyed your discription of your student's classifying their art
selections and passing them on to others to see if they could discover
the classes. In a sense each was becoming the teacher of his system of
classification. We all know that it is usually the teacher who learns
the most about a subject.
A short introduction to an art work that I did in the gallery was to
have adult docents pair up and look at a painting. They were then
instructed to take turns asking each other "What do you see?" After
several minutes the discussions became very intense as each group saw
more and more in the work. This could be seen as manipulative. But I
was hardly there for them. There obsevations and commments was the
juice of this veiwing. Thanks for your engaging input.