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Re: [teacherartexchange] Learning Focused


From: play2cre8 (play2cre8_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 22 2009 - 04:56:58 PDT

Hi Dana - Is Learning Focused a slick, packaged program promised to
raise test scores? Is your district paying thousands of dollars to
participate? I looked at their website... it looks like the
Thoughtful Classroom by Silver Strong which stormed our state a couple
of years ago... (districts payed over $100,000 for 3 years).
I am sure there are benefits to the programs - and a lot of people
love them. (Mostly Administrators because it looks like you are
current it you are doing it) If a school is low performing... or has
a high rate of teacher turn over.... maybe lots of beginning
teachers.... or a school that just needs a jump start then maybe
coming together to focus on issues may start dialog.

It sounds like you are frustrated with how your teaching is going - if
this gives you the guidance you need, then that is great. If it piles
on 'have to' ways of doing things, and creates more superficial work
than allowing a reflective look at your practice - you aren't going to
like it.

It is hard being the lone teacher for a subject in your school - and
this listserv really helped me. But good practice isn't confined to
one subject area - or really individualized to subjects - are there
teachers in your building, or teachers that you have met somewhere
that you would like to observe?

I may be wrong about Learning Focused - I would like to hear more...


On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 8:55 PM, Dana
Paternoster<> wrote:
> Hi, our school in Delaware is adopting the Learning Focused model of making and delivering lessons.  I was wondering if anyone is doing this, and what your opinion is? I am the only art teacher in our school, and I teach high school Art I, II, III, and IV.
> Is it working for you?
> Is it a whole lot more work for you?
> Does it give the amazing results that it promises?
> Do you use it every day?
> How often do you actively teach through a lesson that takes the kids a long time to actually make their artwork?
> So far all we have been trained on is writing lesson and doing frequent short assessments.  What I am hoping for are different ways to deliver the message to the students.  In college I studied art and then took a few education classes which really told us NOTHING about how to sucessfully deliver or teach a lesson.  Everything seemed based around speaking to kids one-on-one, which I can not base a lesson for 32 students in a class on.  Now, 9 years later, I think I am just finally beginning to catch on.  It has been a very hard road that I have tried and tried to get off of, but just can't seem to find another path in life.  I must say that this list serv has been an endless source of ideas and encouragment.
> Thanks so much for your comments.
> Dana
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