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RE: Kid's distruction and waste

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Fields, Linda (
Tue, 3 Mar 1998 10:03:30 -0500

Lynda et al-don't know if this will help or not, but several years ago
when I worked in middle school, I worked closely with several teachers
who taught students with various learning disabilities, etc. We designed
ways that their visual students who had difficulty with reading and
writing could complete such things as science and social studies
research projects in visual form. This team approach seemed to help the
students succeed and helped to open teachers' eyes to the various
learning styles and ways of presenting information. Maybe trying a team
approach will help. Linda
> ----------
> From: Lynda Brothers Matthew[SMTP:brosart]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 1998 11:06 PM
> To:
> Subject: Kid's distruction and waste
> Hi everyone, and thanks for the replies. I have read the books of
> "Drawing
> With Children", etc, which advocates no erasers and only one side of
> the
> paper, making mistakes into something creative. I understand that idea
> and
> can use it often when I am silk painting in my studio but when I work
> in my
> studio I realize that I use a lot of paper, but little silk, not a lot
> of
> watercolor paper on a block (costs a fortune)and not a lot of silk
> etc. So
> I have decided to give each student one white drawing paper and one
> yellow
> sketch paper to use if they wish. They may either sketch first, or if
> they
> make mistakes on the white paper they can only have the yellow sketch
> paper
> to work on. That seems to work this last few weeks. But the
> distruction of
> a well-worked art work seems to be a low center in the student.
> I have found in the last few years that the students that are the
> lowest in
> the basic education areas are often the highest in the arts ability.
> And I
> completely understand that for myself. I am an artist (it's an
> artist-in-residence program that I teach) and if you give me a written
> discription of how to put a bookcase together I will have a hard time,
> but
> if you display the directions with pictures, I will grasp it totally.
> A lot of the students I teach I believe have the same mind-set. I
> personnally don't think there is anything wrong with that, some of us
> are
> visual and some of us are abstract, intellectual. But I am finding
> that the
> students that distroy their work have been programed to fail, somehow.
> I
> have worked lately on saving those drawings before the scribbles and
> holding them up as examples. Some of you have suggested that, and I
> agree
> it seems to work a bit. But what happens when they get back to their
> regular teacher? I only have them for once a week for an hour for 8
> weeks.
> And some of these kids are GOOD ARTISTS! I really hate to see that
> talent
> squashed. And the ego with it.
> Lynda