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Lesson Plans

Motivation and more

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Roy Liebergen (rllieber)
Sat, 02 Nov 1996 12:31:48 -0600

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I am agonizing about motivation myself right now, and I do love my job
and my kids, but it does seem like it gets harder and harder. Right now
I have students in second grade who are functioning at 2 years below
their grade level. I struggle and struggle trying to find ways to share
with them the skills they need while still producing recognizable art.
I know, I know, it's process not product that is important at this
point, but why then, do our administrators want us to fill bulletin
boards in the administrative offices, and why do parents say, the second
week of school, during open house, "Is this all you've done so far?" I
am also thinking about the discussion several weeks ago about cookie
cutter art and I cringed wondering if some of my stuff looked like
that. I find in my room, if someone does something creative, the kids
recognize it as such, but then, everyone does the same thing and the
creation is lost. I put out what I call "the cool stuff" box, with just
a bunch of materials in it, that students can use as they desire as long
as it adds to the finished work and does not become the finished work,
and they will all want the same thing from the box, after someone has
found a use for it. (I try to solve this by only putting small amounts
of any one thing in the box.)
I know I got off the subject there, but right now I am tired and I am
still trying to think of ways to do my job, keep my cool, and to make
art a joyful, creative experience and not just another class. Thanks
for listening, Carol

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