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This in in response to Amanda Linn & elementary teacher training; what
would you teach general classroom teachers in 3 hrs ?!? Good challange!
Immediately I thought, teach them what you teach the kids. Don't we look
for nouns, verbs, adverbs & adjectives when we do art criticism? What about
math? repetition? same & different? (guess it depends on what grade level
teachers are involved.) I think as far as critical thinking skills go, you
cann't beat a good discussion based on a painting (including groundrules
it's okay to disagree & there's some basis for your opinion). And I've
found (I teach both elementary & HS) elementary students, especially the
younger grades, can really come up with some profound insights that
professional art critics would envy. (By the time kids are in HS, their
opinions tend to run in social cliques & honest, personal opinions are hard
to come by - at least out loud).
Let these teachers be the students. It's fun. And it demonstrates louder
than any argument just how helpful & unique art education can be.
Lets see if this works.
Gwen from Woodbury, TN