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Lesson Plans

Making a difference

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Jasmine Preston (jdp30)
Sun, 2 Aug 1998 12:50:41 -0500

Elementary art teachers are in a great position to influence the thinking
of many people about what is art and its place in our lives. The work that
their students do, displaying it, inviting adults in to create are all
vital. There are also more subtle ways to influence and educate. Casual
conversations with teachers provide many opportunities to give ideas:
freely giving suggestions on how to relate art to their curriculum and
their curriculum to art, complimenting one of their students on their
design sense or creativity (especially if it's a kid that many have trouble
finding something to compliment), complimenting the teachers on classroom
activities that enhance creativity, suggesting activities that are EASIER
on the teachers while encouraging more individual expression.

One conversation that I'll never forget is the one where I had to explain
to a fourth grade teacher who Leonardo da Vinci was and how he would relate
to her science lesson. There is obviously a great need.

With perseverance, we can prevail. You know you have been effective when
your student's work is complimented without the word "cute" being used or
when you see work displayed that is exciting, creative, well-designed and
was done with the classroom teacher, not the art teacher.

Thanks for the opportunity to step on the soap box.

  • Maybe reply: Lily/Clair Kerns: "Re: Making a difference"