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Re: developmental appropriateness

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Laura Allan (Laurann65)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 13:52:55 -0700 (PDT)

A few thoughts went through my mind as I read your post.

1.) I believe students won't grasp things until they are 'ready', especially at the younger years there seems to be a wide 'window' of readiness.
While raising my son I have taken the attitude that I should be aware that he might not be ready to learn things, but I still try to expose him to as many appropriate learning experiences as I can. I don't expect him to get it, but I figure I might get lucky and catch him at a 'ready moment'. I figure as long as I don't put negative pressure he will enjoy learning. (he is only 3). Personally I don't think Kindergarten art should be a high pressure learning environment. If they spend the whole year experiencing the basics - cutting, gluing, painting, drawing shapes, following directions, staying in their seats without poking the teacher to death, they have been given the building blocks to learn more the next year. I have 2 Bilingual Kindergarten classes a week with 33 kids in each class - my viewpoint is one of survival.

2.) Students need things told and they need to practice over and over and over before it sticks. The lesson you did three weeks ago may or may not be remembered today. They need to see it, hear it, touch it... and then they still may not get it if they aren't ready. That's o.k., because the experience is still worthwhile, and who really knows, maybe the experience will help them be ready next time.

3.) This time of year there seems to be a general regression in the attitudes and quality of art work from my students. Maybe it's cabin fever, maybe it's Spring fever, maybe it's me!? Other teacher friends of mine have expressed the same frustration.

I think there is probably always room for improvement in our teaching stratagies, but everything is not our fault. Art should be fun. Teaching the pleasure and joy of art may be the most important thing, and they should all be 'ready ' to learn that!

Just my thoughts.....
:) Laura Allan
K-6 Art
Cicero, IL