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Lesson Plans

Art and Professional Equity

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 8 May 1996 23:02:50 -0400

I had to respond to Vicki S. Bodenhamer's message about us (the art
teachers) being able to show academic areas methods of teaching.
Absolutely! I team teach a high school Humanities course and am working
with a creative, intelligent history teacher and she has come to accept the
fact that there are topics in history that I can get across in a highly
effective way using art activities. She has been able to adapt to our
collaboration by reducing the amount of lecturing and notes and allowing
more time for hands on activities. A lot of our activities are
interdisciplinary in that students might be combining a report with a
poster, or a scale model or recreation of something with an essay, or a
short skit or presentation combined with music, etc. She has been able to
cut back on traditional testing and we do more evaluation using portfolio
and display evaluation techniques. Short introductory art activities often
get our kids motivated for the interesting lecture/discussions on
historical topics. Or a historical reading sets them up for a slide lecture
or art project. I don't feel at all like I am reducing the arts to a
supplement to the academics, but that I am enhancing both the academic area
and the respect and value for the arts that our students will graduate

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617