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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Haydee Martinez
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 14:40:53 -0700 (MST)
In looking over the link titled "Art and Ecology and Curriculum
Integration," I came across a very interesting teacher story titled
"Popular Arts and the Environment." The characteristic that intrigues me
the most about this lesson is that it offers teachers an opportunity to
incorporate values and responsibilities that we are expected to have as
individuals and which seldom compose and academic lesson.
The less "Popular Arts and the Environment" deals with
life-centered issues in a very direct way since it deals with morals. The
works of art presented in this segment, aside from offering viewers an
opportunity to enhance their knowledge in works of art, provides viewers
an awareness and knowledge of life. Similarly,the activities presented in
this teacher story encourage us to analyze and pay closer attention to
what the media is trying to convey.
Ecologically speaking, the article deals with the notion that our
lifestyles are greatly affecting the environments. Being the intelligent
species, we should try to preserve life and its resources. Alike many
ecological art, the activities presented make us aware of the
responsibility we have with the community in which we live in. It
shows us various ways to stimulate involvement with the communities. At
the same time, it shows us that art is not only a way to use recyclable
and non-recyclable materials, as in the case of "junk art," but also a way
to communicate the notion to others.
The most important thing about this lesson is that it offers us
hope. It offers us the possibility of creating a greater degree of
awareness amongst children and youth not for the sake of awareness itself
but for the sake of change. Although this teachers tory derives from
Spring Valley High School, I strongly believe that there are ideas in
this lesson that can be applied to all grade levels. ethnic groups and
community members. Thinking that elementary school children are not
affected by the media is a misconception.
I would introduce the activities presented in this teachers story
with the greatest degree of enthusiasm and importance in order to
contribute to the greatest amount of participation and engagement on behalf
of the students. I would integrate this lesson with subject areas such as
math (recycling monetary profits and recycling relay). Thees two
activities would, for the most part, be appropriate for all grade levels
and age groups because recycling isn't specifically a child's obligation
or an adult's obligation, it's the obligation of every human being. If, for
example, I were to reward the team who recycled the most, I would make
sure that he children understand the importance of recycling regardless of
the result that they may receive at the end. Having a habitat in which to
live in, is after all, the greatest reward of all and it will continue to
be as long as there remain adults who care and children willing to listen.