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Re: communication blunder, mounting work

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LiteSal (LiteSal)
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 10:11:57 -0500

The teacher comes back and says to me.."getting them to do it
>themselves huh???" and gives me a wink. I said "pardon me? what do you
>mean?" " Getting them to mat their own work..that's smart..sure cuts down
>what you've got to do." I looked at her and say "no.. we talked about
>emphasizing color, complements...>and I go on and on. She looks at me and
>says "SURE>>>RIGHT...Don't worry I won't tell anyone." EXCUSE ME????

Dear Stephanie,

This scenario really made me bristle. I, personally, include mounting and
presentation as part of most of my lessons. I believe it is important for
students to learn that every aspect of art creation, from conception to
presentation must be tended to with the utmost care. Your note really
struck a chord, because I was looking at the "artwork" hung in the halls by
the classrooms, the things that had been done in class, and I noticed that
much of the work was done by the teacher. You could tell, with the computer
labels and the tidy little rows of sameness. At first I felt anxiety,
because some of the work that I hang, mounted and signed by the artists
themselves, doesn't look as good. I mean, when a first grader signs his or
her name, it isn't always pretty. I thought, perhaps I should be mounting
and labelling all the work...However, I decided that it was good for
students to be learning how to present their work. I'll continue to do my
best to encourage neatness, and present the work that is almost 100 percent
owned by the student. How do the rest of you handle this (elementary)?