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Lesson Plans


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Sun, 14 Feb 1999 17:12:50 EST

The past three years I have taught over 500 elem. children. Each year I
tried to have each child represented in display in one of two ways.

1 Group displays...each child does their own art work then they are all put
together in a group display. For example: 3rd grade students did their own
section of a totem pole (3rd grade Indian Integrated studies)...then all of
the sections were hot glued together into totem poles of varying height...some
stood as high as 8 feet. Thus every student in the third grade was
represented in well as the totem poles were the backdrop for the
third grade integrated music program. Have done this with simple directional
line studies in the 1st grade...mounted and strung as a ribbon of line from
the ceiling of the gallery. Did it with pattern studies wrapped around paper
towel and toilet paper rolls...then hot glued together into towers/spires of
pattern. EACH and EVERY student is proud of their work and believe me they
will seek out their work even in a group sculpture with hundreds of works in,
with and around it.

2 Individual display...this is reserved for the best student work. At the
elementary level, you may have scores of work that are displayable...but
sometimes you have to make that choice of which works most meet the standards
of excellence you are teaching. A difficult and heart breaking decision in
some cases but our best art students deserve the chance to show their stuff
too. I try to spread out the show honors to as many students as
possible...esp if it was an exceptional project, however there are times that
I choose only the best to display. For example: our youth arts was one show
where I drew the line. I explained that the works chosen represented all of
the students at our school and they were chosen since they best represented
the projects we did. Even at this show I would still have at a minimum 70+
students up to 200+ students represented. Some group displays were even
appropriate for our youth arts.

Whether you agree or disagree with the above...I've never had a complaint from
a parent.