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Re: displaying work

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From: felsecker1 (felsecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 22 2001 - 10:04:39 PDT


displaying workWell said Becky...........
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  From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 11:26 AM
  Subject: RE: displaying work

  To add on to my thought about displaying (and thanks Mark)....I have come to realize that when dealing with children I never know what goes on in their lives and thus I don't feel that it is fair to not display work. I have come down very hard on students in the past only to learn that they come from abusive home lives, parents who are never home, etc. It is the worst feeling in the world to not display a child's work because I thought that they didn't try enough and then learn that they are suffering. Now, I'm not saying that all children have something extraneous going on, I'm just making the point that who am I to judge when I don't know what goes on behind closed doors in that child's life.
  Even in my AP class this year, I had a student who had just learned to begin to overcome his learning disabilities and he flourished for one of the first times in his schooling career at 18. I had another student who was very ADD, very self-conscious and extremely talented. He did not try as hard as I felt that he should have and I could see that he just could not get past his low self-esteem. I later met his father who only talked about the talents of his brother. So you see, I have learned to accept the kids for what they are and what they can give me in the present. This isn't to say that I don't get frustrated or angry with them. It's a hard balance to maintain. I just try not to judge but rather accept the students for who they are and where they are presently. Yes, I display all of their work because maybe at that point in their lives it was the very best they could do.
  One last thought! This does not mean everyone gets an A. I still use rubrics and the students know they have to demonstrate the concepts that I am teaching. I just give them a break when it comes to displaying. Besides, a nice mat can work wonders for a piece.
  On some level, I do agree with the others who have written that only A work should be displayed. However, I feel that my students are just kids and I can give constructive criticism and grade honestly. When they are ready developmentally, they will learn and realize how they truly compare to others. However, that is a personal journey that each individual must make when they are ready and is not up to me, the teacher, to force them through it.
  And, I'm not saying that everyone else is wrong. We all have to decide and make decisions that we feel comfortable with...so you see I am not judging any of you either! It is great to hear different opinions and make the decision that works best for us.
   
  Thanks for letting me speak,
  Becky in NC

   
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  From: Mark Alexander [mailto:malexander06@snet.net]
  Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 10:18 AM
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Subject: Re: displaying work

    I agree with Becky. I think every student's work should be displayed. (PreK - 8) I frequently remind students to do their best work, because quite likely it will be on display. Throughout the year I display many class projects in a group and include everyone's artwork from that project. In the spring art show, each child is represented with two of their best pieces from the year. (They select one and I select one)
     
    Mark
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      From: Rebecca Stone-Danahy
      To: ArtsEdNet Talk
      Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 12:06 PM
      Subject: displaying work

      I personally choose to display every student's art work. Some students may not be as talented but are still proud and feel that they did a good job. For those that don't try so hard, I still display their work. It serves to "embarrass" them and I hope they will then try harder. I just don't like to choose one student's work above the other.

      I don't know if this is right or wrong...I guess I like everyone to be included. I have taught pre-K through 12 but am now just teaching 9-12.

      Becky in NC

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