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Lesson Plans

Justification for teaching clay

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 11:20:30 -1000

Dear art educators, especially college art ed professors:

I am writing a grant for state money to in-service elementary classroom
teachers in clay techniques. The rationale of the grant is as follows:

to get classroom teachers to use existing clay equipment (i.e. kilns)
to get classroom teachers comfortable working in clay (technique)
to get teachers to use art to reinforce studies in other subject areas
to use clay as a tactile, alternative teaching strategy for all
to give teachers ideas for using clay in their curriculum

I am looking for articles in magazines or textbooks which talk about
learning styles and the way art making (especially 3-D art) can teach and
enhance traditional learning (reading, writing). Reference to clay would
be particularly helpful.

In my school district, there are no art teachers at the elementary or
middle school levels. Some schools manage to find enrichment funds to
bring in resource teachers for 2 - 12 weeks, but most don't. I hate to be
a pessimist, but I don't believe the arts will ever be refunded to its past
levels. I see my role as an art teacher and arts advocate developing into
a teacher trainer and classroom facilitator who can help classroom teachers
with no art training learn to use art comfortably in their curriculum.

I'll be happy to share this grant with others when I finish it. Money is
available through Goals 2000 for many kinds of teacher in-service programs.
Individual states also have enrichment money and teacher in-service funds
available under different titles.

Thanks for your help! Please respond a.s.a.p. since this 12 page grant is
due in exactly one week! I just got it today.

Deb Rosenbaum
fastedy (David Zimmerman)

A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.