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Re: [teacherartexchange] Was the Kindergarten teacher out of line?


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Oct 22 2005 - 14:13:29 PDT

I agree that it was improper what she did, but her intentions were
were good. I suggest you approach her carefully and try to be
diplomatic. Explain your concerns that the students "original"
creations be respected in the future. Ask her to keep the
cutouts and ready mades as attachments on papers done
in her class alone. You might explain that aesthetics and
originality are part of your standards and need to be respected.
Most classroom teachers like to decorate with stickers from
the teachers store and really don't see the harm involved.
           Good Luck, Woody (Tired at Disneyland)

On 10/22/05, Chris Lincoln <> wrote:
> What do you think about this....... I had the Kinders turn a heavy
> stuffed paper bag into a Spooky house for Halloween. They patterned
> different lines onto orange paper for the roofs.(which I stapled on)
> They drew, Sharpied, cut out, and glued Halloween decorations (ghosts,
> pumpkins, mummies, chimney, door, and bats) onto the bag. They were
> cute as could be. I sent the Spooky houses back to class with the
> kids so that they would take them home and be part of their home decor
> for Halloween. It turns out that once the houses were back in their
> own classroom their teacher had them add die-cut ghosts, stickers,
> etc. All of the additions were machine made. She never mentioned it
> to me until after the kids took them home. My real question is....was
> she out of line to have her students work on them again, what message
> was she sending with the perfect machine made shapes?
> Thanks in advance,
> Chris
> St. Mel School

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