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I agree 100%! In fact, when I student taught, I was made miserable by my
cooperating teacher because she made me keep to one complete lesson every 30
min. session. Even if it meant finishing some of the projects myself (she
also remade or "fixed up" every "unacceptable" product, unaccetptable
meaning, not exactly the same as hers). Anyway, I vowed that if I ever
taught elementary, I would give the students as much time as they needed to
think about and discuss a concept, plan their own work, and then create.
So, now that I'm an el. teacher, that's what I do. The most valuable thing
this method of teaching teaches my students is that creating art takes time
(as opposed to putting together a "project"), they also learn to sustain
interest over a longer period of time. The latter concept is almost lost in