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I had something wonderful happen today that is similar to what we are talking
I teach art in a K-8 inner-city charter school. I went to school today
wondering how I would get through my planned lesson knowing how my 7th grade
is already hyper. Add to this all of the Disney decorations, costumes, candy
and party arrangements we were going to have and I knew my lesson wouldn't
fly. Before classes started I saw many kindergartners without costumes
because they couldn't afford it or wouldn't take the time to have one. I
asked my 7th graders if they would like to create fast quick fix costumes for
the little ones in 20 minutes from start to finish. They said yes. We went
and gathered some of the kids and they after my slim collections of misc.
odds and ends and some materials and paper those kids 7th and K were worth a
million. I have never seen my class so into anything like that. They were
absorbed in it even the tough and "popular" obnoxious kids. All of the
teachers thought it was wonderful. It gave our whole school a good feeling
for our 7th graders.
I am now wondering how I can keep them interested in art in other ways? I
would love any ideas on lessons that could do this. I also would like any
ideas about toys the children could create cheaply for our toys for tots
campaign this Christmas.