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Re: MA MCAS: Practice of Creating (long post)
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]LiteSal
Mon, 3 May 1999 18:38:31 -0400
This is no help, but I want to comment on standards. The standards sound
admirable, but when you only meet with students for 40 min. once a week (my
situation) there is only so much you can cover. Furthermore, it seems to
set up a stressful situation for both the teacher and the student when you
must try to teach and learn so much, in so little time. This stress is
certainly not going to foster a fondness for art. The problem with teaching
towards a test, is that it takes much of the fun and spontaneity out of
learning. I'm all for setting high standards, but they must be reasonable
and the little time we have to teach art must be taken into consideration
(it would be nice if we had more!!).
Children need time to digest information,
>and I am reworking the art curriculum to have a more spiral kind of feel
>to it, but feel a little overwhelmed in trying to teach about every
>major world culture's art, and have my students be able to truly compare
>and contrast the arts of different cultures, all by fourth grade. And
>this is just one tiny part of the new state standards. I have a
>positive attitude, but as you can see am a little worried here.
>Anyone have any comments?
>Cynthia, South of Boston