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Re: [teacherartexchange] project ideas


From: Diane Gregory (dianegregory2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 20 2007 - 18:13:07 PDT

Hi Patricia,

This sounds really cool! Would you be willing to
share the other ideas you "found" in the Sunday New
York Times. I also went to the link you gave and the
Beach Huts were really neat too!

Finally, do you have a creative way to write TAB or
Constructivist Lesson Plans? I have been using
concept mapping, in particular, the computer software
Inspiration. I have found that I can not write a
constructivist lesson plan in a linear way, so I moved
to this approach.

--- Patricia Knott <> wrote:

> I just finished a grad class called "Discovering
> the Power of Live-
> Event Learning" Basically it is about getting
> kids to use thinking
> processes that carry over into life-long learning
> and to devise
> problem based lessons that cross disciplines , are
> student centered,
> use community resources, and build "real-world"
> skills.
> One day we had to use the newspaper to find
> something to make into a
> live-event. I saw an article that Philadelphia "city
> officials are
> now weighing proposals from three companies to
> design, install and
> maintain - for the next two decades - hundreds of
> new bus shelters,
> newsstands, trash receptacles, public toilets and
> benches" and I
> thought what a great idea for kids to think about.
> They would not
> only have to design, but investigate construction,
> costs, making
> proposals, building models, presenting, etc, etc
> (BTW, I found a dozen things in the Sunday NY Times
> to turn into
> projects)
> Today I saw this
> International Artists & Architects Competitions to
> 'Re-imagine the
> Beach Hut for the 21st Century'
> This gallery shows the winners of the international
> competitions for
> new coastal architecture.
> I'm just thinking there are so many neat ways to
> make art relevant
> and life long for kids. We don't have to rehash the
> same old artists
> all the time. We have the beauty of coming up with
> projects that
> teach thinking skills across the board of
> disciplines. Most of us
> teach kids who will never become artists and
> probably not even
> hobbyists. How do we engage them to believe they can
> be part of a
> process that makes design and aesthetic decisions?
> I can imagine
> kids coming up with ideas for for bus stations and
> trash receptacles
> that would be specific to neighborhoods.. . and why
> not encourage
> them to go to the city council with their ideas.
> That's a learning
> experience. Sometimes I think I only have to look at
> what is close
> around me, look at what is current and happening,
> then tie the
> historical to it. I sometimes have trouble going
> the other way.
> I've always believed that if you give a big problem
> to solve you will
> get big ideas. I also believe there is always
> somebody who can tell
> you how to make the big idea look better. It's
> much more important
> to be able to get the big idea and THEN learn how to
> find who can
> make it work. If you don't try something new you
> will never get
> anything new.
> Patty
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Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Department of Visual Arts
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204

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