I taught middle school for 14 years-almost all 6th grade, actually. I must
have pushed those kids harder than I realized because I have taken the same
lessons and adapted them for high school art I. I still have examples from
6th grade that I show the kids. When they whine, "that's too hard," I tell
them that a sixth grader did the example and I am sure they can, too.
Actually, many of my 6th graders did better than high school. Linda in NC
From: Joe Cox [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2003 2:58 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Middle School vs. High School
As I am reading the various posting on middle school lessons and high school
lessons and I am how much differences there are in the two. I teach High
School but often the students I have haven't had art since elementary
school. Their skill level is divently at an elementary level but their
maturity is at a high school level.
I guess the reason I am posing this guestion is often I read about a lesson
that someone has posted and I would think that it would be a great project.
For example studying Egyptian art and doing a project inspired by that
culture and style of art. I run this by the other art teacher in my school
and his comment is "That is so middle school." I don't think it is. Am I
wrong? I have seen a lot of middle school projects come through here that I
thought would be great for my high school students but worried that it
wouldn't be appropriate at the age level I teach.
What we focus on is E and P of Design and realistic drawing and developing
technique which is great but I want to try different thinks like doing a
project in the style of another culture. Am I way off base here?
Does anyone have any ideas or opinion on this topic?