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Lindsay J Crelman (lcrelman)
Fri, 21 Nov 1997 21:28:20 -0700 (MST)

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I would like to write a response about the lesson Perspectives of
the Environment-Dublin Scioto High School. The lesson appears to be well
planned and extremely detailed and specific. I like
how the lesson covered a variety of the subject disciplines and teaching
approaches that connected together ecological issues and the environment.I
stonglybelieve that classroom and group discussions are an ideal way to expand
students thoughts and ideas and that seems to encompass a large part of
the unit. Discussions involving any subject matter allow students
to hear their peers voice and opinions and that could lead them to
new personal insights and discoveries. Also, I believe it is extremely
important that
high school students get as much experience as they can gathering research
on assigned topics and especially topics of their choice. I am sure one
would agree that a person will be more eager to do research on issues they
feel a connection to and ones they have a true desire to learn about.
This project allows them this oppurtunity.
After thouroughly reading this lesson, I was also intrigued with
the emphasis you put on using up to date computor programs. That should
teach the students a little about the professional world that is
controlled by growing technology. The students will probably gain the
most information and knowledge from the visiting artists and
environmentalist. The guest speakers will give the children the
oppurtunity to address to professionals in the field of art and ecology
about their concerns
and questions involving life-centered issues and the enviornment.
By the end of the lesson students will have learned about
issues and related those issues to their community and to a art piece
they created themselves. By actually presenting their art they
can inform
and educate others about the enviornment and possibly even make an
influence on
the people in their community. At completion of the lesson the students
will feel successful knowing they, personally have made a change. This in
return will lead them to becoming more motivated to continue involving
themselves with ecological art and ecology in general.
It is obvious that the students have learned a lot about how to
evaluate art criticism, and how to derive at their own criteria for
what they believe is a successful artwork. Most importantly, they have
more familiar with their community and because of that have probably
reached a greater appreciation for the enviornment.
Ultimately, the students will
have learned that art is not only fun and interesting to look at but it
can also be used to serve a purpose and convey a message.
In all honesty, if I used this lesson in my own classroom I would
definitely try not to make any adaptions or changes. It is
extremely thourough and it covers several areas of education. I might add
to the unit by bringing my students to different types of art museums that
have relevant exhibits on this topic. I might also have them conduct
interviews ,either individually or in a group, with professionals in the
field of art and ecology. Also, I would bring them to a Native American
Indian reservation
in the area so they can see another example of how different cultures use
art to represent their enviornment. My students would mostly work in
cooperative groups but they would do the majority of the research
Fortunately, because of the structure of this lesson plan, it can
be used
in other subject areas. For example, this lesson could be integrated with
social studies by exploring how other cultures and societies, use art work
represent them as a unique group of people. Math could also be
incorporated by demonstrating how artists use dimensions and numbers to
produce art. In reading or literature class,
students will have practice gathering research, reading about specific
topics and applying that new knowledge with writing personal reflections,
responses or short essays. They can also write journal entries to
eachother about their experiences so far with the project. Lastly, the
students can
learn about ecology by studying natural, enviornmental forms and different
water, soil and other elements that make up or define ecology. They can
perform this through labs and other scientific methods.

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