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Lesson Plans

challenged school

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jendixon (jendixon)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 17:49:03 -0400

Dear Art Ed. experts...
I'd like to take a moment to thank this group for helping me through
the hard time of teaching at a very challenging high school. Every day
is a complete challenge in keeping me motivated, my attempts to keeping
from burn out and keeping my brain active with how to solve these
problems...have been easier to deal with thanks to this group!
I am having a hard time having my students critically look at art.
They have very small attention spans when it comes to looking at art
that has nothing to do with their lives. My other problem is that we
have very few prints at my school. 12 Shorwood prints to be exact. That
are shared amongst 4 art teachers. Our slides are all that lovely red
sepia color. Plus the broken blinds make it hard to actually see them .
I have found that anything performance base lesson or activity works
best. They have a low tolerance for lecture or book work in art.
I am asking for any suggestions or lessons on critiquing art, any
DBAE lesson that is for the most part performance base. The students
learn by doing....I have worked hard to make my program work in such a
challenging situation...I guess I should also mention I have 35 students
in all my classses w/ approx. 5% Inclusion students.
Thanks , any help is greatly appreciated.
Jen Dixon