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Re: A Question about Teaching

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Teri Sanford Mason (terily)
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 23:08:38 -0500

I like your 3 question rule. I teach K-5 and I do something similar.
It's more related to the "I'm Done" syndrome than problem solving, but
it relates. I notice that students will often want to be first finished
and will yell out "I'm Done." I train them to ask each person at their
table (usually two other students) "What can I do to make this better?"
I teach them that art can ALWAYS be added on to, or expanded, that it's
never really "finished." They know that they don't HAVE to do what the
other person suggests, but they might get an idea of their own from one
of the suggestions. Otherwise, when they come to me, I will probably
have something else for them to do to their piece (like add more color
or put something in the huge white space or make the sky come all the
way down to the horizon line). Keep in mind that this is only a few
kids that do this; most have learned to take their time and really think
it through. But they do all ask each other for input, which I like!