In a message dated 11/10/00 8:10:51 AM Central Standard Time, Nnaell@aol.com
<< they are not LISTENING >>
Perhaps one of the reasons we are not agreeing is that we process information
in totally different ways. I learned a long time ago that I can really listen
only when my hand is occupied, especially with a drawing. When I really want
to concentrate on a lecture, I draw what I hear and what I see. I think that
kids can do the same. I am currently teaching a unit on the architecture of
Wisconsin barns. Before our regular work period each day, I have been reading
from Jerry Apps' book Symbols, and the . kids draw in their sketchbooks as I
read. Each segment tells a story from the author's boyhood dealing wirth a
single topic (today it was Weathervanes.) There drawings in about a 5 min.
time period are incredible and these drawings are enriching their ideas for
the clay barns they are planning. I am also anticipting using these drawings
as sources for book illustrations later. They are really LISTENING.