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Lesson Plans


from tracing to the big picture

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Aaron and Jennifer (THEGREEN99)
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 20:34:05 -0500


I wrote in an earlier post that I thought teaching art should be about
>teaching IDEAS and how to develop
>ideas and how to develop deeper thinking skills.

One thing I have learned (among the many) education is not stagnant.
Everthing Amada said was absolutely true - especially the point about
supporting each other in a field where there is quite often little funding
or recognition. Everyone has their viewpoints on how to teach - and there
are many. The main thing we all need to keep in mind, and quite possibly the
reason for this list, is that every student, every class, every district is
different.
If the only way a class is going to understand complimentry colors is to
have you stand on your head and sing the color wheel in jibberish, then do
it. When as educators we begin to define lines that we "will never cross",
we have just dug our grave. There are times to be protective of our ideals
and times to let go a little. Sometimes the ends do justify the means. (Key
word: SOMETIMES!)
I don't think there is anyone on this list who wants to ruin the art
education intergrity they provide to their students. I like to tell my
students to put themselves on the other side of the desk. Sometimes as
teachers we need to do that to. There is a logical reason why a teacher
presents a lesson a particular way. It probably is not to destroy the
foundation which education is built upon.
Never say never - you will end up eating your words one day. (And from
experience they are not very tasty... Holiday cookies taste much better :))
Food for thought.

Jennifer in Michigan

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