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Level V 6th graders

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PicasoLovr_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 16:03:23 PST


Melissa:
I have numerous EH kids in the higher grades. I teach K-5 on the Treasure
Coast in Florida. I treat them very special because many come from terrible
home lives. Clay as a manipulative is very good therapy. I show videos on
clay for pinch pots, coil pots and slab hand building and with the videos and
my directions they do very well. They like to talk as they work and they love
to work the clay to death. Some of them turn out extraordinary work, because
they are working on the outer extensions of art.
They also do well following directions for glazing their pottery.
My projects include coil pots, and masks rolled on a slab roller.
A retired teacher in Ft. Pierce who taught at least 20 years told me your
SL and EH kids will be your best producers, because pier pressure is not part
of their world. They listen to their own tune, and their art projects are so
much better because of it. Treat them as if they are gifted, but give them
very structured lessons with numerous good and bad examples to make an
impression. They don't hear the words "No , you can't do that" so style your
lessons for them to making positive decisions with their art work.
Lots of Luck
Sue