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RE: [teacherartexchange] Early finishers


From: Deb (surreal70_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 12:31:08 PST

my kids enjoy the tessellations coloring sheets. while i am not a big fan of coloring, they have to visaulize patterns and pick them out while coloring. deb kent

 --- On Sun 02/18, Marybeth Bortzfield < > wrote:

From: Marybeth Bortzfield [mailto:]


Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 11:19:42 -0500

Subject: [teacherartexchange] Early finishers

Help! I need suggestions for upper elementary students, particularly grade <br>5,<br>who finish a project early and then choose to sit and socialize or waste <br>materials. I have noticed that my students have<br>become very social rather then putting forth their best effort.<br><br>I have plenty of independent opportunities, a closet full of materials and <br>mediums that may be used<br>during "free time", a sketchbook suggestion can filled with idea starters, <br>individual sketchbooks, tear sheets in binders of<br>magazine photographs of animals, people, sea life, etc. all organized and <br>labeled. Art history books and tons of how to draw<br>books; and cans of modeling clay (which tends to be let's waste time <br>center).<br><br>Does anyone have ideas or suggestions for me as to how to keep my students <br>independently working rather than just hanging out and merely scribbling to <br>look busy? I must add I am fortunate that they are not discipline problems,
<br>nor are they rude, I just feel they could use their time more effectively. <br>My younger grades are always enthusiastic and creatively productive during <br>their free-time, what can I do to keep my older elementary kids engaged?<br><br>I'm thinking of requiring early finishers to choose one of the many art <br>reproductions I have hanging around the room and to draw from it, then I <br>could hang the reproduction and the student work in the hallway with a focus <br>on both artists. Any comments?<br><br>Thank you,<br>Marybeth <br><br><br>---<br>To unsubscribe go to <br>>

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