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Re: [teacherartexchange] middle schoolers retaining art history


From: Jeannie Browning (paintslingr_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 09 2006 - 17:33:47 PDT

Michal, You are TOO GOOD! Great ideas.
And you bring up a great word:

A good word
A powerful word

How to invoke ownership in a group of people?

A few general ideas:

Let them plan a part of the process/event.
Let them come up with answers/solutions to questions/problems.
Let them succeed at a game, puzzle, or whodunit.
Let them receive praise, recognition.

What are some other ways of invoking ownership?
How does your admin get your faculty to participate in a new program?

----- Original Message -----
From: "M. Austin" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] middle schoolers retaining art history

> What are you doing to make the knowledge worthwhile to them? I don't
> generally use powerpoints - if I want the students to really know an
> artist
> or an artwork I try to give them ownership somehow. For instance, I do
> Post
> Impressionism and Pointallism with my 4th grade. For Post Impressionism I
> inundate them with VanGogh. I show the "Getting to Know the Artist" video,
> I
> read them books and talk about the artwork, and I put up a large
> reproduction of his self-portrait done with the bandage on right after he
> cut off his ear. We talk about that. Our local clinic has a Starry Night
> painting hanging in their waiting room - I offer a candy bar to whoever
> can
> tell me where in town they can see that particular painting. I have high
> school students who see me preparing for this unit and they ALL remember
> it!
> For Pointallism I have them do a scavenger hunt to see who can find things
> that nobody else in the class has. They make a list and then we go over
> the
> lists. I have each student go to the overhead and circle something they
> see
> on the transparency. Students are engaged in their learning because they
> all
> want to be "first" to point something out, and if someone names the thing
> they were going to name then they try to find something else.
> Let the students know why they need the information you are presenting.
> Make
> a game out of it - have a list of items they must "find" in your
> powerpoint.
> If all you do is give the information they will definately forget it. Find
> a
> way to get them engaged, to give them ownership of the information. If you
> do this they will remember it for years!
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher


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