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<< have found a solution that works for me regarding the dilemma as to
which file to put the lesson ideas into. After I have read a lesson or
article, I enter a basic overview of the lesson into a FileMaker Pro
file, appropriately called "Art Lessons." If the article came from School
Arts or a book, I will also indicate the original source and date and
with all filed items, where I can find the paper copy. Through several
years of diligence, I now have over1500 lessons activities in this
wonderful database file that I created. Through its cross-categorical
multi-level searching, I can quickly find lesson ideas that I hae long
since forgotten. Wonderful tool for those mounting ideas!
Your system reminds me of what I have been doing for several years. As soon
as my copies of Arts and Activities and School Arts arrive, I copy the table
of contents about a dozen times and as I go through the articles I make a
notation in upper right corner of copy of where I want to file this
article....lots of cross reference going on. I might file one article under
Greece,clay, and 6th grade ideas. This is really paying off. My main files
are artists, country, media, subject matter (eg. spiders), months or
holidays, elements and principles of art. I have about 20 years of past
issues of Aand A! All copies of magazines are kept in those vertical
cardboard boxes...one for each month of issues.