> 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.
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