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RE: Kids teaching kids


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 24 2003 - 05:27:25 PDT

Guess I was wondering if you created actual skill charts for drawing. Hadn't thought of that, and ,I know, it sounds really anal and left brained, but Hey - if it helps you to get your class drawing faster and funner (alright, no comments) then I wanna try!
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        I use the charts only when I notice or decide that we have a LOT of
        skills to acquire for a given project. For example, when I'm teaching
        our stuffed animal sewing project to third grade, I have the following
        skills in a chart for kids to sign off on: threading a needle, using a
        needle threader, sewing a button, sewing an end knot, blanket stitch,
        cross stitch, french knots, sewing on sequins with french knots, chain
        stitch, back stitch, daisy chain stitch, beginning and ending each of
        the above stitches, stuffing. I level with the kids on day one, telling
        them that I am going to introduce a LOT of stitches to them, how to sew
        on a button, etc. BECAUSE I want them to have all of those choices
        available to them, and I don't want everyone's to look alike (as in
        follow the leader, now we will chain stitch, etc.) I have about 3-5
        moms in the room to help, so it's not total bedlam. I also ask how many
        kids already have some of the skills we will be learning. Those kids
        help the others to see that it's all learnable, and help them to see
        that "If they can do it, so can I!" Anyway, as soon as they learn a
        stitch or skill, they put their name up. Then when someone needs help,
        if I or the other moms are busy, they can go to the list, or they can go
        to the list anyway. The only rule is that the teachers can only
        demonstrate one or two stitches, and then the student who is asking for
        help must show the teacher that they can do it too. If possible,
        explain without actually stitching for them. You can see our sewing
        projects in our archive folder on our website at, click on
        Fine arts, click on LS art gallery, look in the archives for sewing
        I also use the kids teaching skills when I teach drawing. I have a lot
        of drawing tricks that I teach kids. I have them write down the names
        of those tricks and tips across the very top of their paper, very
        lightly, as a reminder of ways to help them when they run into trouble.
        For example: what's above/below/beside" what you are currently drawing;
        "clock face" (imagine a clock or compas around what you are
        drawing...when you change directions and need help knowing how to
        translate that to your paper, imagine that where your pencil stopped is
        the center of a clock, what time on the clock would the new angle lead
        towards?), "proportion" (how many eyes wide is the head, etc.), "angle
        transfer" (sighting angles with a pencil and transferring them to the
        page without twistin your wrist). These are all drawing on the right
        side of the brain ideas, except for the clock face idea, which I THINK I
        made up, but maybe not. That seems to really help them. Anyway those
        tricks and other techniques might be written very lightly across the top
        of their page (eraseable later) or I might have them on a table stand
        for their viewing. They are things I expect them to try, and when I'm
        not available, they are to ask someone else who gets it for help.
        There are other projects where I do this too, but these are the ones
        that come to mind immediately.Is this what you meant by your question?
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