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RE: Noise in elem classroom


From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 08 2000 - 06:53:39 PST

I like the idea of reading on topic information to students, especially for
children in lower elementary. Children can comprehend much more complicated
material than they are usually capable of reading at this age. Reading books
aloud is different than a lecture, because you tend to be much more
expressive when reading. Personally I would not hold children responsible
for information presented in this way, unless you also present it at a time
they are focused on you. When I concentrate on something I'm doing, my ears
"turn off". I was working writing up some lesson plans for parents with
pictures (I do the project step by step writing up the instructions and
taking pictures), and a fellow staff member popped a balloon left over from
a fundraiser. I didn't even hear it.

Kimberly Herbert (
CAM Administrator
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

-----Original Message-----
From: Michelle Lowe []
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2000 7:35 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Noise in elem classroom

Interesting, how differently we all teach...I am new at teaching K-3 art in
a classroom setting this year and I find that reading an on topic book is a
good way to get them settled down and working quietly. I don't read books
that take the whole period, so I still have plenty of time for one on one
instruction and assessment. Teaching is the whole package as far as I am
concerned, reading to them included, and I do not sit down while reading,
unless I gather them together on the carpet so they can all see the
pictures closer up. I am certain my principal would not consider reading
to my kids while they are working a BAD THING. I also entirely DISAGREE
that reading to the kids while they work "feeds the idea that teaching art
is easy!"!!!

Michelle Lowe, potter in the Phoenix desert |/ | -O- | | /| | | |
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