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Re: Middle School Art Programs

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 12:37:23 -0500 (EST)

Dear Ryan,
It's really easy to get discouraged by kids' attitudes toward art.
This resistance happens to seasoned teachers, too. Wait till you replace
a teacher they adored--especially if they were permitted to do minimal
work. Rubrics do help. Also, I find it helpful to let them know exactly
what will be required of them by the end of the marking period. Some
teachers go as far as saying, this is what you need for an "A", this for a
"B", etc. Just don't give up. Of course creating art is fun, but the
kids have to know we are serious about art and our teaching. Best

On Thu, 23 Jan 1997, Ryan J Kelsey wrote:

> I'm a student teacher at an urban school, grades 7-12 in Flint,
> Michigan. I begin actual teaching next week and so far the students have
> shown little or no motivation toward working on or finishing their
> projects. I plan to use rubrics to encourage independence and
> responsibility, but I fear the 7th and 8th grades will still be extremely
> nasty about having to do any work. This is art class it's supposed to be
> fun. They aren't even responding to seemingly exciting, meaningful
> projects that relate to their lives. I know this is an urban school and
> that middle school is a tough age for kids, but I have to reach these
> students. Lesson plans and other ideas will greatly be appreciated.
> Next week starts the new semester. I need to get off on the right foot.
> rjk11