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Re: "enlightened reminder"

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 26 Jan 1997 15:48:53 -0500


I've got it, since I'm the one who asked if I could share it with my Art
Methods students:

From: Sidnie Miller <sidmill.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 21:12:49 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Middle School Art Programs

Dear Ryan--It sounds like you have a difficult challenge ahead of you. If
your middle school students aren't excited by their regular teacher and
already have a serious attitude it will be difficult for you to make any
inroads so try not to feel like it's a personal defeat and try all kinds of
things assuming that since this is practice time and
it's going to be rough anyway--you might as well have a variety of
experiences.

Instead of intellectualizing and working into your projects, try going the
other way. I find that even my tough jerks like anything involving x-acto
knives or carving wood etc., they all like clay, and most like calligraphy
(no doubt due to gang writing but don't let that stop you because they will
end up with a real interest and admiration for old Bibles!) They also love
silk screens --I do a paper stencil traced from a grid drawing of
something--sports illustrated photo, Van Gogh painting, Marilyn Manson
photo--they cut out with X-acto knives(see how this works) then print. All
can use a couple of screens. You could even use tempera if money is tight
(make a screen out of old
frames stretched with organdy). All the time they are working you can slip
in information on the history of the subject--stop and show them a slide or
two etc. Let the learning part sneak up on them. Usually jr. high aged
kids rush into new projects--if yours don't say casually there are only a
few good rulers, so whoever has his idea first gets first pick etc. This
sounds really simplistic but I always start the year telling the kids that
this class is going to be fun and they're lucky to be in my class and I
can't believe I get paid the same as everyone else because I love what I do
and wouldn't it be awful to be a math teacher and have to do math all day!!
(boy in light of the general vs. specialist discussion here I've got nerve
saying that) I say if you don't like what we're doing now just hang on
because our next area will be different and I know that they're going to
love something we do. It really works--I even hear them repeating the
words throughout the year.

IT sounds like your students are not too excited about their grades--if
they don't give a rip about them, then rubrics aren't going to change that.
If you can identify the leaders
early on--try to win them over. It can really help with the rest of the
fence sitters. This is really an unorganized bunch of thoughts. I hope it
can be helpful. Write back if I can help. Sid

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