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Re: [teacherartexchange] Elevating Vocabulary

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 14 2007 - 09:29:58 PDT


Do you mean lowest level as in grade level?
I do this consistently with my primary students. I tell them that "I know
they won't remember this word", but that I will share it anyways. Then I ask
them over and over, throughout the year, if they remember that word. Acting
shocked and thrilled that they remembered that word seems to make them
determined to remember it. My kinders know and understand the concept of
parallel lines, which is, at last check, a 5th grade math concept. I think
children are capable of learning what we want them to if we make it relevant
to them and make it interesting. Repeat those words consistently, and yes,
they will begin to use those same words!
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

> -I am an art teacher hopeful wondering about the theory of teaching to the
> lowest level. Once definitions are given and terminology explained, is it
> not best to use "art words" consistently in effort to elevate sudent
> vcabulary?

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