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Re: Troubled Student


Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 20:55:38 PST

       Last year I had a student who lost her father. She still came to
school but- like your student- had trouble focusing on school. The new
project dealt with current issues of todays society. Students had their
choice and she happened to pick "suicide". She became very passionate about
the project (her father commited suicide) and started it with the intent to
finish - but never did and yes -I excused her from that project so it
wouldn't effect her grade (it was the last one of the semester). I think
your idea of dealing with emotion in a visual manner is a good one. I don't
think you should leave it up to the student though- You will have to set the
guidelines. If the students are doing a drawing of a landscape- maybe he
could do one of a jungle (bev doolittle style) with things hidden or perhaps
his will include animals- visious or tame. It would be interesting to see
how he addresses the challenge under his current stress.
        My student addressed her problem by drawing a wonderful picture of
her father with his hands cupped in front of him. Water dripped from his
hands into a puddle below -however she couldn't find the strength to include
the "suicide" images she needed to complete her composition. That was OK-
maybe someday she will finish the drawing. She told me earlier this year that
she enjoyed the project even though it was difficult for her. It is BEST for
them to continue working in my opinion. It is your option whether or not to
include his project for grading.
Good luck,
Kathy in Kalamazoo