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RE: Organizing Lessons


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 04 2004 - 05:49:22 PDT

Perhaps, as a brief cross filing system, an additional sheet of paper with crossfile listings could be at the beginning of each meduim section. It would include name of the project and actual location. However, this would add a lot of time to organizing your system.

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        From: Maggie White []
        Sent: Sun 8/1/2004 7:03 PM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: Re: Organizing Lessons
> I have collected tons of
> magazines, newspaper clippings, internet lessons, etc. for possible
> project ideas. I'm not sure how to organize everything into files for
> future reference. Should I organize by medium, possible grade level (I
> teach K-5), theme, artist...? Many lessons overlap - should I photocopy
> ideas and put them in more than one folder?
        When I taught HS, I started filing all my lessons and ideas gleaned from
        other sources into big ring binder notebooks, by medium. I taught
        classes like 2D art, 3D art, Drawing, and Art History, and it was just
        easier to sort the lessons like that. I have one notebook each for
        drawing, art history, and ceramics, and others with 2-3
        sections--painting, calligraphy, printmaking, bookmaking, paper
        crafts/decorating, sculpture, weaving, macrame--you get the picture.
        The drawing notebook is divided into sections like sketchbook ideas, pen
        and ink, perspective, figure drawing, etc. The art history notebook is
        divided by chapter, with lecture notes, handout masters, slides, and
        hands-on activities.
        It would've been reeeaaallllly easy for me to get anal about crossfiling
        my lessons as you were asking about, but I refused to listen to that
        little voice and just kept them divided by medium only. Now I'm
        teaching MS, grades 5-8, and am finding it just as easy to maintain that
        system. I alter lessons all the time anyway to suit a grade level,
        available supplies, or class attitude, and I'll bet you do, too.
        Organizing by medium just seems easier for me.
        You can keep slides in slide pockets to go with each section, and put
        smaller visuals, articles, or samples in page protectors. Hope this
        helps, and that you don't fall into the trap of crossreferencing all
        your lessons. Trust me, it would be like opening Pandora's box and
        would drive you insane.
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