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RE: new teacher, quotes, need art room rules


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 07 2004 - 13:05:45 PDT

Altho it is boring to do the same thing on each grade level, keeping some things similar help lots, especially your first year. I'd suggest lumping 2 grades together as far a lesson plans go, but perhaps change one thing from one grade to the other. That way you won't have so many similar projects. Keep the basic lesson similar,tho. After a year, you'll have a better feel on things. One of my previous schools kept me very busy, and having the supplies and lesson plans out for 2 classes - instead of getting out supplies and doing lesson plans for every class - really helped. However, none of my classrooms have been large enough to store ongoing sculpture or clay projects for more than 1 grade level (generally 3 classrooms of kids per grade). Now, tho, I even tweak the same lesson for different classes within the same grade - depending on their needs or my previous experience with the project ( the learn-as-you-go type of experience!)
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        I switched to elementary art two years ago. It is very boring to do the same thing on each grade level and when it comes time to display so many things are the same.
        Go to Judy Decher's web site and keep coming to this we site and you will find so much help. I couldn't have done it without all these art teacher.. Back issues of Art and Activities and School Arts will help. Your media center may have some. If you can get one copy of the textbook "Art Talk." There is so much in the book especially the elements and principles of art. I cover these with kindergartens. They do better with value than the 4th graders. Don't be afraid to give them harder projects just shortened. I can have them drawing their hands when the do so well with simple a still life. ---
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