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Lesson Plans

Running Your Own Classroom- long post

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joym (joym)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 08:28:19 -0400

Jane & others: I fear you've read something into what I've said & not heard
other things I've said. No one is telling you to be a therapist. As a
matter of fact, I'm pretty upset when pseudo-therapists proceed without
caution. I did suggest that keeping a eye open for visual red flags is most
helpful, as teachers may be the first to spot potential problems. This is
not discounting or guilt tripping the teacher for being a teacher. This is
saying, "You are very important in the lives of our children". You may be
right, it's not in your job description to look for questionable images,
but could it save a kid? Quite possibly. Is "listening" to the language of
art a vehicle for letting kids know we care about them? Yes. Censorship: I
guess only you can decide whether socially acceptable images are more
important than the self expression that art affords, or the time & effort
it takes to "listen". No one is advocating for allowing stereotypic,
repetitve images over any extended period of time. The point is to be aware
when a questionable image appears & make an appropriate referral. I have
been on multidisciplinary teams with teachers that sought to assure a child
gets the help s/he needs. This too is not your job, but could easily make a
difference for a child. There are many ways to be accountable to the
taxpayer. Keeping kids safe is one of them.

I agree with others who have written: There are no simple answers. There is
no ONE person or situation to blame for what happened in Littleton. But, if
we're not each willing to take responsibility or to "see" our contibution
to kids feeling disconnected, these problems will continue. I'll close with
a story or thought for the day:

You are very upset about a personal issue between your
spouse/partner/friend and yourself. Your face is contorted from your
emotions.Your spouse responds, "Oh come on! I hate to see your face like
that. Can't we just have a nice day?". You decide to give in. You put on
your best "mask" & pretend a smile. Your spouse is happy because you are
not in an "acceptable" mood to "have a nice day". But, how do you feel
inside & how does this situation effect the marriage over time?

Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Clinical Counselor/Basketmaker