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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
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
Just my thoughts.....
:) Laura Allan