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Lesson Plans

skrimshaw type scratch material and new teacher stuff

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chandra grace cousins (chandra)
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 20:53:47 -0500 (EST)

I just got a job at a school that has lots of skratchboard of the type you
use for skrimshaw. (different from scratch-art stuff)'re supposed to
skratch a design and then color with crayon, wiping away excess crayon, to
leave colored lines. This seems very limiting to me, and I was wondering if
anyone has any innovative ideas for this scratchboard material. Would it
make good prints the way styrofoam does? What other good uses are there for
this stuff that I'm sure is expensive?
Also, being a new teacher, I find I spend countless hours thinking
about what to teach, how to teach it, and how to do it better. It seems I'm
floundering around with lots of ideas, and it's difficult to simply sit down
and whip out lesson plans. I have no rules or curriculum to follow...which
is wonderful, but it means that the possibilities are endless, and I have
difficulty choosing which things are most important to teach. Is this a
syndrome that is common for new art teacher? And, are there tricks to making
organizing lessons easier? It seems I should be able to do this in much
less time...although, I think this processing and sifting of information and
ideas is important, and takes time. First I did lessons that were too
quick, then some good ones, and now I want to take on monumental ones. Each
class, also, seems to have individual needs, but it's impossible to adapt
lessons for each of seven classes in a day... Anyone have tips or support
for the new art teacher that loves it one week and feels blocked and
frustrated the next? Thanks, Chandra.