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Lesson Plans


feeling overwhelmed

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Diane (mselle)
Tue, 12 Oct 1999 20:42:47 -0400


Dear Jennifer, While doing my student teacher my cooperating teacher would
tell me over and over that less is more. Gather your materials, but narrow
down your focus, for example, intensity of expression is important for a
Frida Kahlo influenced self-portrait. Discuss this. Issue materials, let
them plan on scrap, then while walking around room, assessing their work,
discuss elements of art as the need arises with individual students. In
short, don't bombard them with a million elements of art stuff when you
introduce the project. Set aside a special class to work on an element
students have the most difficulty with. Example, balance. Kahlo has a
wonderful knack of balancing images in her backgrounds.

I'm not sure what you mean by developing one lesson each semester. I use a
daily lesson plan format, sometimes a lesson takes more than a day or two.
I teach k-2nd grade. After a few years you will have a nice repertoire of
lessons which can be altered or dropped for new ones. The first two years
are tough. I'm in my third, and when I use a lesson from the first year, I
bring much more insight to it. I think my confidence shows, as student
behavior is better. Just remember to tune in to feedback. Then you will
know which lessons are boreing, dated, overdone, too difficult, etc. and
should be pruned from your plans.


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