In a message dated 02/21/2005 10:36:54 AM Eastern Standard Time,
It also reminds me that I sometimes think of myself as a frustrated high
school art teacher who constantly needs to break down and adapt big ideas for
little hands and uncomplicated minds.
Susan, I think that many would agree with you. But very young students have
many big and complex ideas...the tricky part is finding a way, in the rush of
public school schedules, to access them.
Kathy, thank you so much for sharing the information and that site with me!
Cool that your friend mentions you in the article. Are you going to be at
the Conference in Boston? If so, I would love to meet you and talk to you in
person about this approach. Please e-mail me privately so that we can set
this up, if you are interested. Over a cup of coffee would be nice!
Of course, I KNOW that very young students have big ideas, and they are
free, uninhibited, and so very enthusiastic. I meant that their physical
development at young ages limits all that I would love to explore with students. Al
though, I must say that I have had much success by breaking down high school
units of study into much smaller segments for elementary school kids. They
really go with it- their imaginations are endless, not bogged down with what
they think it's "supposed" to look like! Because they have a smaller, shorter
frame of reference, they rely on their instincts and this breeds a natural
Susan on Long Island