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I decribed what my eye was seeing and made a huge rough sketch as I
talked. Everything else in the lesson was the same. More of their
drawings were consistantly realistic and they did not copy me. This was
a pleasant surprise. I really thought that they would try to copy my
drawing and get frustrated. Instead they copied the way of seeing. I
think we should vary our approach to accomodate the differences in
learning styles. Research supports the theory that we tend to teach
with the style we learn best.
An ammusing aside... I never draw for the students so this was a first
for them.. They are so easily impressed and thought my sketch of a
pumpkin was "great!" ... except for one 3rd grader who corrected the
group. No, Mrs. Henneborn is very good! Van Gogh is great! Helps me
keep my perspective.