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Re: What are you thoughts on copying?

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Sun, 23 Mar 97 21:07:37 -0000

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>There are many times in life where it is impossible
>to take the image you want from your reality, but you can find many
>images and make a composite.
I agree. Images from magazines or books can be invaluable resources.
They might provide visual information not available to students
otherwise. Magazine images can teach kids to look more carefully, but
they don't necessarily promote original ideas. Mere copying can develop
into a nasty habit in which students are totally dependent on other
people's images or ideas.
I do use magazine clippings, especially when kids are having difficulty
overcoming stereotypes and are wanting more information or details. They
must add something or alter it to make it their own. Exact copying isn't
too much of a problem at the elementary level, but I am quite strict when
it comes to tracing. Students know that I am dead set against them
tracing anyone else's drawings but their own.

Melissa Enderle

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