Thank you all for the professional development ideas. Itís given me something to think about before our next meeting.
I have another topic that might promote some interesting discussion. I teach grade 1-5. My colleague in this building was a graphic artist and later became an art educator. She makes a sample project of each lesson finished as do I. But being a graphic artist or perhaps itís just the way she is, her samples are always (for lack of a better word,) immaculate. They are neat precise and all in all perfect and beautiful. I admire her discipline and am a bit envious at times. My samples on the other hand are fairly simple and I donít get too elaborate. My student teacher and I were discussing this difference. I have noticed that should I leave a sample up after presenting the lesson Iíd often get 25 carbon copies of my own. So I donít often finish what I display so that the kids can come to ideas on their own. And I often put the sample away with the younger ones so they have to use their imaginations. One example of our differences would be we did 3-D van Gogh bed rooms and I showed them how to make the room a
nd the bed. Decorating the walls and making chairs, plants, televisions etc had to come from them. I gave lots of materials to work with. My Colleague on the other hand made templates for tables, chairs, beds and dressers. I was of the opinion that itís better if the kids can think out how to make the accessories it gets them planning and experimenting with how to make an accessory. Also when faced with a sample thatís perfect they may become discouraged simply because they donít have the ability to produce art work at this level as of yet or will they strive to get theirs as neat as the sample. Of course this was all speculation on my and my student teachers part. I donít know if it even makes a difference. Any one have any insight on this or does it make a difference at all?