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I propose for 1998 a data base sharing of lessons plans.
Criteria: 1) Share lessons that went well in 80% of the classes for the grade
level taught. 2) Show means of motivation. 3) Indicate instructional
As an example:
I made a color transparency from a calendar of young artists that I received
in the mail. This drawing depicted a favorite thing that the student did
during the holidays. The artist's drawing was in fourth grade. Color
transparencies made with a color copier are really great. They cost approx.
$1.50, and the kids are really turned on to all these modern teaching methods.
Books are for the classroom, and I easily loose them during the lesson.
The topic for K-4th grade was to describe, by using crayons and black fine
line markers, a favorite thing that we did during the holidays. We looked at
the transparency and answered: who was in the picture, what were they doing,
and where it was. We also discussed how to use black fine line markers with
repeat patterns, filling in solid areas with black marker to describe shadows,
and outlining with black markers after drawing with pencil.
I wrote names of good participants who answered questions in the class, on
the blackboard. I gave them an A in my grade book.
I made the lesson up, no art history here, no DBAE, we were concentrating on
technique, but the kids turned out illustrations that you would see in
children's books. It all seemed to click this January.