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One way that requires the teachers to respond to my surveys about what they
are teaching in the next few months is to have the response go through the
principal. This way they definitely respond, and my principal is also aware of
what I am trying to achieve.
I never said that change is easy but I have had success with
integrating, and definitely has not taken away from what I am required to do.
Just the opposite, at times I ask the students to teach me... am in the middle
of a solar system watercolor project with 4th grade where I introduce them to
watercolor (wet on wet, dry brush, salt technique etc.) I forget a lot of what
I had learned in elementary school and love to hear all of what tyhey are
covering as a preliminary to the lesson, such as what order the planets go in
and how many rings and moons they have. It lets them feel knowledgeable and
cracks them up that I don't know some of the info that they do.
I use this technique with 1st grade also with torn paper dinosaur
collages, boy can they spew out the long names and what eats what and how the
Hope this helps, Christine :)