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Re: Special Ed/early childhood Art - scribbling

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Melissa Enderle (melissae)
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 20:44:24 -0500

>I guess I don't want scribble
I have some special ed. students who scribble. They are in the
scribbling, kinesthetic stage. Some may perhaps move out of the stage and
others will not. Not only do they have physical disabilities, most also
have cognitive deficits.
I choose projects that are more process-oriented that will help students
maximize their art abilities. Such projects are successful for several
reasons. Students can do more by themselves (less hand-over-hand). Their
artwork is more reflective of their abilities - resulting in more
accurate work that their parents would recognize as their child's. In
addition, the involved adults (teachers, aides, etc.) feel less pressure
for the final outcome. It's sad to see aides ripping out the marker out
of the kid's hand and doing the project themselves - so as to get a
"pretty" or "right" product, as if the final result is a direct
reflection on their worth.
True, if kids are developmentally past the scribble stage, they should be
encouraged - and given activities- that are appropriate to their given
level. But, students who are not past this stage should not be made to
feel unworthy.

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