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Lesson Plans

Re: the "rules"

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Wakeley (mtw122)
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 23:07:00 -0500

>I teach highschoolers, and quite frankly, they have a need to know how
>to make what they want to do better, more effective, more expressive,
>and more forceful (remember those years?), and with a few down and
>dirty, quick and easy, elements and principles, you see their eyes light
>up, with the old aha!, and they are off and running. THEY actually KNOW
>when something isn't quite "right", but don't have the years on the
>planet to know what to do to "fix" it, so they yearn for "rules".
>I think the challenge is to stay within the rules, and just look like
>you are breakin' them....anyway, that has been my teachin' motto...and
>guess what? whenever they try to call me a rebel (and believe me, I am
>one!), I can cite them verse and chapter on THEIR rules, and how I fit
>between the parameters.
>San D

I agree with you. I think student do need rules and they want them. That
is why we have a lot of kids that test the rules to see if they are for
real, because if they are not real then neither is the rule. So why follow
it. Those are just my thoughts.

M. Wakeley
Penn State University

San- you seem like you would be a pretty cool high school teacher!