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weighted classes--long response

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kprs_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 11:57:46 PST


I've always had weighted classes in my school.
 Unfortunately some students will opt out of my classes
 because they are on the 'validictorian' track, but I am
 happy to say that most don't. I also run the gifted
 program which is weighted as high as the physics class, so
 the majority of 'those' kids take the gifted class and are
 exposed to my nuttsiness, and then they decide they will
 take an art class, after they find out that I will be
 stimulating a part of their brain that lies dormant.

I always say that art is NOT the same as the higher
 weighted classes because we are NOT on the same SCALE as
 they are! One of the reasons 'those' kids don't take art
 is that they are 'afraid' to take educational risks. They
 prefer the classes with distinct 'right' and 'wrong' that
 they can 'study' for and be 'tested' on. While there is
 plenty to 'study' and be "tested' on in art class, there
 are also those 'grey' areas, and areas of skills and
 problem solving which confuses the average smart kid. For
 example, we started the new semester and as an
 introduction I was speaking about visual cliches and how I
 do not expect to see any of those images in my classes.
 One of the 'smart' kids asked this question "if we can't
 copy images, then where do we get our inspiration?" I
 explained that that was what the semester would reveal.

San D

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