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Lesson Plans

avoiding rulers

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Wed, 23 Apr 1997 22:56:02 -0400 (EDT)

Hello -
My experience goes along with those of you who have seen students' inability
to use a ruler correctly. One way I have avoided the hassle is when we are
mounting artwork, or preparing a border to be decorated onto a larger piece
of paper (they are also unable to 'eye ball' the center) I precut strips of
posterboard to the needed width (usually 2" or 1.5"). They then have to line
one edge of the strip with the edge of the paper, hold it in place, and draw
the line on the other side - this in itself seems to be too much for some! I
figure they need to learn the 'hold the ruler still' skill before they move
onto the next step.
I also do a weaving project on self-made looms, and I do make the students
measure those with a ruler. I figure do whatever works! I have also found
when doing something with rulers, that it is much easier if each student has
exactly the same ruler - it makes the specific instruction easier and less
confusing for the doorknobs preoccupied with spinning and hitting.
:) Laura

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