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A&E.A - Response to teacher story

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Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:41:51 -0500 (EST)

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I would like to respond to the Courtyard Topiary, Lima West Middle
School project. I was very intrigued by this lesson that the school
performed. I think what I was most impressed with was that the students were
taking action to improve their school. The students were faced with a common
problem of their school grounds looking run down. For example, the "flower
beds were becoming walkways and the soil was becoming cement." Instead of
the students waiting for some one else to take care of the problem, they took
care of it themselves. I think that this lesson helped the students to see
that their effort and hard work can really make a difference. The students
learned that they need to take responsibility for their school and help clean
up its appearance. I think that the students can now make the link between
saving their school's environment and saving the environment in general. I
also think that the students learned that their school is now art. They were
involved in the planning of the layout and saw the artistic considerations
that had to be made throughout the project.
While reading the report, there was one thing that I noticed was
missing, the involvement of younger students. I am interested in teaching
second grade and noticed that the only grades that were mentioned in the
report were sixth through eighth. If I were going to do this project, I
would modify the cirriculum to fit the primary grades. Living in Tucson, I
think that it would be important to include lessons on desert plants and
incorporate them into the topiary.
I think that there are several lessons that could be incorporated with
this project. For example, the students could keep a desert journal and
record everything that goes on throughout the project. The students could do
several art projects based on the plants in the topiary. For example, they
could go and sit outside, observe them. and then draw them.
Overall, I think that this was an excellent idea. The students can all
take part in this project and learn valuable lessons in art and ecology.

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