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Re: Noise in elem classroom

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Nov 08 2000 - 07:44:54 PST


Someone (sorry I forgot who sent the original post re: the reading) said that
he/she read to their students while they worked on their lesson. I too use
books/literature to intoduce topics/lessons/concepts. But I would never read
to them while they are working. This time is for me to circulate the room,
help on a one on one basis, make formal and informal assessments. I only
have one hour a week with them. And....probably 30-35 minutes of that is
studio work time, and 10-15 minutes is introduction and 10-15 minutes is
clean-up, depending on the class/lesson, etc. If I read to my students while
they were doing their lesson, not only could I not do the above...but it
would give the impression that I just give the lesson and whatever happens,
happens...that there is no instruction in art besides the introduction.

Now...to take the flip side of this....I understand the benefit of reading an
on topic book to the students....Sometime ago, someone suggested books on
tape...I thought this was a great idea. But...to the casual observer [be it
parent, other teacher or administrator (pardon my spelling)] For the art
teacher to be seen reading the students a book means that there is no hands
on teaching that goes into art.

I am commenting more on the impression it makes rather than the actually
activity.