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Lesson Plans

NSTA - Boston

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Sears, Ellen (
Tue, 30 Mar 1999 11:04:02 -0500

Hi all - for all of you that went to DC - what is one specific thing that
you learned that you will incorporate into your teaching? If there were 4
pages of artsednetters (like a fluffernutter sandwich?) that signed up at a
booth - what a lot of info to share!

Boston was great... believe it or not, I came away with things to use in my
There was a great session on architecture and design (he was going to DC
next...) Maybe I need to sell myself as a design teacher - that is a great
way to merge art, math and science...

I went to a marble run session - wonderful lesson plan from a teacher from
Fairhill in Texas... he does it with his high school physics class. There
was a lot of description, analysis and reflection (sorry, my NBPTS portfolio
is due next week... I am breathing DAR...)... what a great way to create
kinetic sculptures...

Outdoor classroom with garden, pond, waterfall - outdoor sculptures?

Not as good - but interesting - merging art and science. A high school
teacher gives a 'mandatory' extra credit art project to his kids... it
counts - but doesn't. There is too much in the way of performance
assessment with visual arts in science, math etc... for this not to be a
more serious addition to the classroom - but it was nice to see someone
trying something.... he didn't require any written explanation, reflection
etc... from the student. Wow - how much is he missing? Several times he
made the comment 'I didn't understand it until I asked and they told me' -
then why not ask all?

Something disturbing - I spoke to the representative at the Toyota TAPESTRY
booth (Toyota offers up to $10,000 dollars in grant money for teachers from
each state - in physical and environmental science - I think). I applied
last year with two other teachers, but we didn't get it. Part of the
eligibility is that you either have to be a science teacher by description,
or a classroom teacher that teachers the equivalent of 4 - 5 hours of
science a week - okay... But as an art teacher, I really can't apply -
after listening to many of you talk about lesson - I'm sure you'll agree
that you really can't create art with out including some science - from the
construction of brushes and the effects of soaking in water - to
handbuilding clay, clay bodies and moisture evaporation, surface area,
glazes.... and on and on...
but when I asked about my eligibility - I was told that I needed to have a
regular classroom teacher as project director (recognition, first class
awards presentation etc.) to give it CREDIBILITY!!
How terribly disappointing and narrow minded. I would expect more.

But overall it was a great conference. After talking to many people - there
are many teachers that would like to work together... so maybe find one and
suggest a project together...

20,000 + in Boston for the Science conference... Yikes!


PS - 'Physics of Juggling' was fun too... not to mention mers and many mers
(polymers)and high density and low density plastics...