I find that having my third-fifth graders do most of the talking and
my interjecting a few tidbits of the story here and there is more
successful than the students listening to me drone on.
First I ask the students to describe the artwork, and encourage the
use of complete sentences rather than one word. I explain that they
are practicing language arts too. I make a habit of repeating back
what the student says... this affirmation seems to help the students.
Also, all children are asked to participate in the discussion (they
tell me who I missed). The students get very involved and look at the
artwork with much more interest with this technique. This can be taken
into discussing how one feels about the artwork and why, and leads
into criticism. I try to remain detached and simply ask leading
Hope it helps!
Kayenta Intermediate School