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Re: portfolio ideas and computer lessons

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Woody Duncan (wduncan)
Sat, 30 Oct 1999 13:01:08 -0500

Check out the few lessons I do have on my web site.
Several of my classes are 9 weeks also.
My solution for the seventh grade is to have a motif or
theme for the entire nine weeks. I choose the face.
We do - puzzle faces, symmetrical faces, tesselations with
faces, self-portraits, and a self-portrait lino print as a final
With a common thread like "faces" you can sequence lessons
together that make sense. And, you can work on pride and
self worth, which are major issues in the middle school years.
Woody in KC

> Beth Goodwin wrote:
> Dear artsednetters;
> I'm hoping some of you experienced teachers can give me some direction
> in these two areas. This is my first year, middle school, classes
> change every nine weeks, and there isn't any written curriculum. So...
> I'm trying to see what works, how best to organize, etc. etc . etc.
> First, do you have any ideas about drawings, work, etc. that students
> can do on portfolios. We use them to store some things in progess, but
> also as something to work on when they are finished with a project
> early or we have shortened class period for one reason or
> another. (And boy are there a lot of them, aren't there?) The previous
> teacher and the other current one made a major deal out of this and
> would make them work almost the whole first week on their portfolios.
> To me, it seems just like busywork. I've decided that letting them do
> what they want is not an option this nine weeks as I have had my fill
> of KORN, 'NSync, Limp Bizkit, and I Love Brandon. I've thought about
> lettering on one side(their name, school, grade ?) and dividing the
> other side into sections (maybe 15) and giving each grade a theme and
> requiring a different drawing in that theme in each section. For
> instance, cartoons/animation, trees, holidays. I don't know - I need
> some advice on what will work, be worthwhile, and not just wasted
> time. I am at the same time trying to set up some learning centers
> for those who are done early, but as I'm sure you know takes a lot of
> time and this would tide me over until those are ready.
> Second request: If you could take students to the computer lab for
> only 1 or 2 days each nine weeks, what would you have them do? I
> haven't seen the other teacher do anything like this, but there is no
> class period for computer lab for the students. Although there are a
> few computers in each class room (not art), most do not get to use
> them. I've thought about a virtual museum ??visit. We may be able to
> get a paint/draw program for next year, but for now ??? Any ideas ???
> Thanks for any help you can give. I am really enjoying reading all
> your correspondence and investigating the web sites you recommend.
> Beth.

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