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Jennifer in Michigan
From: Fields, Linda <fieldsl.us>
To: 'Stephanie Sack' <ssack>
Cc: 'artsednet.edu' <artsednet.edu>
Date: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 11:33 AM
Subject: RE: Sub plans
>Stephanie-your point about subbing is well-taken and it's nice to know
>you're out there. Unfortunately, I think you're the exception rather
>than the rule.
> RE: writing and reading: I use it a good bit for a variety of
>reasons, not the least of which is that my system has been stressing
>reading/writing across the curriculum. Some of the things I do that are
>not just the standard read something and write about it are: using
>quotations as sketchbook/journal assignments in which the kids have to
>interpret, analyze, argue the point, or relate it to their own lives.
>Sometimes they have to illustrate it. We also do descriptive writing,
>interpretation, analysis, etc. Major projects are required to have a
>written plan submitted. Reflection sheets are used to think about their
>own work. My honors students are required to attend exhibits and write
>about them. Secondly, I think writing is an important skill, and one in
>which my students are weak. I try to help them build wider vocabularies
>and write well. Also, because of something called an ABC plan in this
>state, schools are scored as exemplary, adequate, low-performing,etc. I
>feel that I am doing my part to help in the overall scheme of things if
>I help students to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, etc.
>while teaching my own subject. I do not feel that an interdisciplinary
>approach or integrated lessons are harmful to, or negate my art program.
>Rather, I think they strengthen it and make it more of a "real subject"
>to students and staff alike. Hope this is helpful to you. Linda in NC
>> From: Stephanie Sack[SMTP:ssack]
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 10:51 AM
>> To: 'artsednet'
>> Subject: Sub plans
>> As a sub, I can tell you it's not that hard to keep the kids woking on
>> projects they have already started if it is not too complicated and
>> have a clear idea about how to do it and how much they need to have
>> It is particullarly useful to have the project due at the end of the
>> your out so they have some motivation for actually working. This is
>> probably not the oppinion of many subs, but I am working to be
>> certified to
>> teach art and enjoy having the kids work on projects rather than a
>> video or
>> non-related items. It is often easier to go the video route...but if
>> have some say in who's subbing for you and can talk to them before you
>> leave, other options can work.
>> I have a question about the use of reading and writing in art classes
>> my literacy in the content areas class has raised for me. Do
>> teachers actually use reading and writing in art classes or is it just
>> something teacher training programs teach you about to then be left
>> once you start actually teaching? How angry would the average high
>> art student be if you handed them a 5-page article to read and respond
>> I understand the value of learning about these things, but I am still
>> wondering about the practicality of it.