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Block Schedule help
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Sandra L. Eckert
Sat, 18 Jan 1997 13:01:36 -0500 (EST)
Try to find the Betty Edwards books...Drawing on the Right Side, etc. Also,
I find that if you vary media while teaching skills, it helps with that
attention span probelm. Use contemporary issues as subject matter...for
instance, using CD cases (jewel boxes) helps to keep their interest...have
them bring one from home, or invest in 5 or more...they go for about a
dollar apiece at Staples. They might enjoy a connection with the school
newspaper, or some public exhibit of their work...they need to see a reason
to do it (other that the obvious...learning!).
I prefer the block schedule. Don't try to entertain them...it won't work.
They need to learn how to sustain interest. If you vary your instruction in
a period with group activities (table critiques) and allow them to get out
of their seats once in awhile (if only to get paper or drawing media),
they'll be less liable to get squirmy. Use a variety of media to introduce
lessons; include a journal experience with art-related or project related
questions as a daily activity. Give them individual responsibilities, or
rotate them (cleanup, hand-outs, etc.).
Good luck...you'll like it when things start to click.