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Lesson Plans


stud teach interview lesson

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Diane L. (mselle)
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 19:02:00 -0400


I would not pass out candy to teach porportion or for any other reason.
Some people feel strongly that candy makes kids hyper, whether or not the
medical estab. agrees, you're dealing with JQpublic. Next, if they tell
you you have 20 min in which to teach a lesson, it's probably based on a
forty-five min class. The interviewers have subtracted the first ten min
which is usually spent in real situations on attendence, hand outing out
materials, etc, the last 15 min is clean up etc. They estimate that actual
teaching time is 20 min. If you must teach design, do something simple,
remember these 'judges' are probably not artists. An easy lesson is
(elementary level) employing the elements of design to create a simulated
wall quilt patch. The patches, which are made with at least 2 different
co-ordinating colors of pre cut, 10" square construction paper, are
decorated with markers. The squares can be assembled and displayed as a
class project. Have each 'student' design his/her own pattern, which
should be abstract lines curvey, jaggered, etc with areas filled in with
color etc. The 'judges' can actually make one if you bring in the
materials. For visuals, get pictures from a quilting magazine, or bring in
a quilt. Spent a few minutes ques, ans with them about quilts, if they
know anything about their history. Then demonstrate how to make a patch on
paper. Then pass out materials and have them each make one patch. Ask
them to help arrange the patches on a long enough piece of bulletin board
paper to excercise their sense of design. (this can be defended as an
assessment). Remember, be simple, highly organized, and don't do all the
talking, ask questions, get them envolved. If one pretends to fool around
to see what you would do, firmly but nicely give him/her five min time out.
Don't negotiate. When 5 min are up, if it happens again, give 5 more min
time out. It's something new to keep giving it over and over all class
long, I read it in a discipline book. But the trick is to do it
immediately and consistently. Anyway, I'm exhausted. My school is having
a yearly carnival, the tents and ride are right out side my class window
and the kids are bonkers all week, I got a cold coming on and had to do
bulletin boards to dress up the school since its open for the fair. Make
sure you really want to teach art, I love it but you need tons and tons of
energy. PS. The quilt patch lesson can be graded up for high school.
have them design a geometric pattern that will repeate nicely. This type
will not necessarily work into a group quilt, but more time will be spent
designing the pattern. See a quilt magazine for the idea. Sincerely, Diane
L.