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Lesson Plans


teaching needy kids

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kathleen c black (kblack)
Sat, 26 Oct 1996 14:12:49 -0400


Dear friends,

I for one have given much of my own art creative energy to my kids
in school. It is true that every day they bring so much garbage from their
home life to school. Sometimes it is hard to get them to focus in depth on
what they are doing. It takes so much energy to do research, lesson plans,
prepare supplies, motivate youngsters, and then clean up the room at the
end of the day, that when I finally go home after displaying the artwork, I
am ready for a good night's sleep. Kids seem to want to talk about what is
bothering them while they are working individually on their creations, so
it seems like we are talking a lot about values that they are seemingly not
getting at home anymore. I do not profess to having a degree in psychology,
and do not give out answers to problems, but Just getting it out in the
open really seems to help them defuse their anger, etc. Parents are
struggling to make a living and are not there often times for their own
children. I am fortunate that the students in my school love to come to
school. A few times the principal has told me that studnets who are not
feeling well, have made someone bring them to school, late as they were,
just because they had art on that particular day. For some, art seems to
satisfy an emotional need along with the creative need to draw, paint, and
construct.
Thank goodness for summers and the distant retirement so I can do
all those thing I want to do. Do I have the best of both worlds? I
believe I do. What about you?
Kathy B.