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Lesson Plans

RE: Learning Communities

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Fields, Linda (
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 15:55:25 -0500

I have known of teachers who have done parent nites with the art room. For
example, they have parents and children do portraits of each other or make
something together (how about clay?) They make it a nite for parents and
children to spend quality time together through art. Also, if need be, get
copies of info on Howard Gardner's Theories of Multiple Intelligences and
info on learning styles to back you up, then figure a way to boost learning
through art. One thing I did in middle school was to run an after school
program with an English teacher in which we used art to reinforce English
and writing skills. One of the things we did was have students write
directions, then we would all follow them. It didn't take long for them to
realize just how specific and clear they must be in their writing! I have
also worked with other teachers who have kids who have difficulty with
reading and writing to have them let these students submit reports for
social studies, science, etc in project form-helps the kid and gives the
teacher nice visual aids. Good luck-you deserve some money, too! Linda in NC

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> From: LiteSal[SMTP:LiteSal]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 8:47 PM
> To: artsednet
> Subject: Learning Communities
> Hi, it's me again...I've been bugging you guys tonight.
> My school has received a substantial grant to be used to create new
> programs
> and to continue existing programs that we have installed to improve
> student
> learning. We received the grant because the granting institution was
> impressed with our success in educating our low, to middle income suburban
> school population. They also liked how we have created what they call a
> "Learning Community," through using community resources such as high
> school
> students, senior citizens, college students, and parents to create
> tutoring
> programs, clubs, etc.
> My question to you is: How can I get the arts included in these programs?
> My principal has indirectly indicated that money will not come my way,
> like
> when I suggested that we use artists in residence, etc. He said he is
> interested in things like opening the computer lab and library at night,
> developing programs to support reading and math, and "expert instructors"
> to
> help (classroom) teachers to teach even better. They are also using some
> of
> the money to create "Summer Academies." I have been told that I can write
> a
> proposal for a Summer Academy in art (which I may ask you about soon, or
> you can comment now). Anyway, do you have any thoughts about how visual
> art
> can fit into their plan?
> Thanks. Sorry so long. Leah