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Declaration of War using reading/writing-what do you think?


Date: Sat Jan 31 2004 - 14:00:18 PST

In a message dated 01/30/2004 9:46:59 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
Here's what I did....I have the text book "Art Talk"...and hardly ever use
it really, having been more frequently hands on with exceptions of history
lessons and such. I remembered a system for studying in college that I
didn't learn 'till about my junior year that took a blank sheet of paper,
drew a vertical line 2" from the left side of the paper. As you take in a
lecture or study a book, you sum up what you hear (but in this case...) what
you just read in one paragraph. Sum it up with one good sentence that will
remind you what that paragraph was about. Then, on the other side within
that 2" border area, you write one or two descriptive words of your summary
Larry. first let me preface this by saying that I think you are fabulous and
very talented based on what you have to offer to us fellow artsednetters.
Usually, I agree with what you have to say.

However, on you subject of "Declaration of War", I present my point of view
for subject of debate: On one hand my philosophy is "If it works, do it", (as
long as it doesn't hurt anybody). On the other hand, I wonder if using
reading and writing (especially reading about art) in a negative connotation, or as
punishment, is self-defeating for us as teachers who want to turn kids on to
art in any form- reading and writing about it, as well as making it.

Years ago, when I began on my first day teaching middle school, my students
asked me,"Do you do the CARDS?" I found out that the CARDS were cards that the
teacher before me used if kids in the class were not behaving. On each card
was a biography about a famous artist and information about the art. If
students misbehaved, they got the dreaded CARD! After reading the card, they were
forced to take notes and then write about the artist and the art. Many were
turned off to fine art and the masters after that, so that technique, for me,
was counter productive. I wonder if using reading and writing about art as a
"War" tactic is detrimental to the the kids' ultimate attitude about art. What
do you think?
Susan on Long Island