Hi Judy and all my other art friends,
I have been away from the computer for a while and my AEN mail has really piled
up! Can you believe I had over 700 messages, and most of them are AEN! That
tells me that I've REALLY been out of the loop, and I've missed you guys!
On the subject of Choice Art, I believe my Independent Project lesson fits into
that category and it's somehing I've taught for 13 years, because it works! I
require my students to choose a challenging project that they can work on in
their spare time in my class, something that won't be completed in an hour. For
example when a student finishes an assigned project ahead of everyone else in
the class he/she can go get the painting or pen and ink they've been working on
and invest some time in it. I let them choose the subject and the media, I just
like to have some input, since I can't provide supplies for every art project
there is available. Sometimes the student brings the supplies in if they're not
available in the classroom, like craft supplies. It's a great way for students
to stay focused on art, do something THEY want to do instead of always having
to do what the teacher says. I firmly believe in it's ability to keep the
student focused on art and creation while they are in the room.
I'm not sure but I think Judy has my lesson plan for this somewhere on IAD, if
not, I'm happy to share. Sure is good to see and hear from my AEN friends.