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Lesson Plans

Time saver ideas!

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Ernest S. Dalton (
Mon, 08 Jun 1998 08:23:28 -0400

I have really enjoyed the time savor ideas, the humor that is nice to
share with like teachers, the lessons, etc. I am an elem. K-5 teacher
in two schools. Our combined enrollment tops 1,200 and is on the rise.
I am constantly looking for time that I can spend quality
time on planning, executing those plans, and trying to stay positive and
alive! I like the laminated paper idea for pallettes. I have a room at
one school ( cart lady at the other for over 20 years and counting). At
the "room school", I have a basket of washcloths at sink area. Younger
students dearly love to wash the tables down at end of class. I had to
make a rule that everyone had to have their paper removed to drying rack
before any cloths could touch table. Otherwise, it was a "pool" going on
at one end with constant table shaking while an artist was working! When
I first teach the younger students about washing a brush before using a
second color (this is a real surprise to some?), I have recently had
success this way; I have some old plastic lids that I place in center of
tables. Then, I fold a wet, squeezed out washcloth on top of lid. The
students are shown how to wipe brush on washcloth--back and forth. I
tell them to stroke and not thrash it around. The brush should not look
like it is having a"bad hair day"! That helps to teach idea of proper
brush wiping. Then at later time, I use baby food jars for each artist.
At first, they are not coordinated enough to use jars...knocking over
and spilling water everywhere. I also have a source for lots of pieces
of matte board (framer friend). I have a zillion uses for these:
palettes, mountings for wire sculptures, clay masks, clay sculptures...
the list goes on. I enjoy recycling this way. Thank you for ideas..Diana

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