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Re:[teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments

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vranck0602_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 05:14:04 PDT


Hello Darrin,
I've been working on this same issue since my system decided that
differentiation was the best way to raise test scores. Art is uniquely
suited for allowing this freedom, but you will find that many students
are afraid at first to either come up with their own ideas or take the
creative leap. However, by differentiating your lessons you will
appeal to a much broader group of students. I have gotten away from
giving specific instructions for what they must create and now stick to
teaching the technique and allow them to choose how they will
demonstrate their knowledge. Very rarely do I have classwork that all
looks the same. Example: when I teach clay, I teach coil, pinch and
slab techniques and then let them decide what they will make. They
have plenty of examples of what other students have made and access to
the internet. My system also is pushing using more technology, so I
have them do an internet workshop with each assignment. This is where
students go out on the internet to find something of interest to them
to share at the end of the week, it must concern whatever it is that
we are doing that week.
Hope this helps,
Vicki

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