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Re: Has anyone tried these ideas?

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Jul 23 2003 - 07:07:03 PDT


The cardboard cubicles would not work for me, either. I teach 6th
graders...they need to be kept busy doing something they are INTERESTED
in. I also use "voting" for the projects they are most inteerested in
doing from a list that I choose. I find that they buy into a project
more if they have a voice in selecting it, even if it is selecting from
a list of my curriculum. I listen to their ideas regarding these
projects and often incorporate their input into the selected project.
So, on day one, I introduce the curriculum I think is valid for
them....with too many projects. I give them a sheet to fill out that
asks about their previous successes/stressers in art, what they are most
proud of, something interesting about them that i would not know just
from teaching them art, and also, they vote on the list of perspective
projects for the course. Some groups WANT to learn how to do aerial
perspective cities with flying wasps, angels, lizards, pigs,
superheroes, etc., and for other classes, this would be a disaster. And
letting them vote on a variety of 3-D projects insures that they will be
most interested in the media they select. Give them a voice and see
how they shine.

Linda

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