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Lesson Plans


middle school art

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 13:37:37 -0400 (EDT)


Having taught at all levels, including a long engagement at a school for
emotinally impaired adolescents (isn't that redundant?) I have to
conclude that middle school students are a unique breed--different people
than they once were--and from the fine folks we hope they'll become. The
age group presents its own set of problems and so does the nature of
art.There seems to be no lack of curriculum resources, but I see a real
need to share solutions to those everpresent, day to day issues that can
make us frantic. We have the answers in our own community and shouldn't
have to keep reinventing. With this in mind, I have begun contacting
middle school art teachers world wide and am compiling their suggestions
for smoothly run classes. Here are specific topics, which are subject to
modification and expansion:
How do you introduce your courses and set expectations? (discussions,
visuals, rules, safety, parent communication, grading, etc.)
What daily management strategies work for you? (Settling activities or
warm ups, passes, distribution of materials, deadlines, homework,
evaluation/assessment, individual help--how do you manage the rest of the
class? encouraging quality work without bruising egos, discouraging
trite solutions, portfolios, sketchbooks, notebooks, special needs kids,
such as ESL, handicapping conditions, ADHD, gifted, time management,
cleanup procedures.

Miscellaneous helps: school wide involvement, physical environment,
PR, parent involvement.

I'm so grateful to all who have responded. If your contribution is used,
you will be credited. Anyone else who would like to be a part of this
effort is invited. My goal is to present this at inservice, conference,
or maybe publish. Our combined efforts can really enhance our effectiveness.
Thanks again
Judy