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High School Teaching Styles....


Date: Fri Jul 26 2002 - 09:56:51 PDT

Hi group,
I am curious about how many of you teach "one project at a time" and how many
of you give your students a list of projects that they choose from (in other
words, they are given a syllabus for the whole 6 weeks or semester).
I am changing schools and the teacher I will be replacing taught by giving a
syllabus and the students worked at their own pace for the whole grading
period. The plus is that all should be working (none finished early) and
they are given some choices.
I have never taught this way and will probably continue in my own way...which
is one project at a time with a definite due date. The problem I have with
this is the early finishers. I am thinking of adding enough sketchbook
projects each marking period that could be done either at home or when they
finish in order to keep them working the whole time. I am also thinking of
giving a daily participation grade to discourage the early finishers.
I would appreciate it you could tell me the positive and negative aspects of
these two different teaching styles with High school kids, Both Art I and
Advanced students.
Teresa in El Paso