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Hello I'm back


Date: Tue Sep 25 2001 - 03:19:02 PDT

     It is the end of the six weeks here. I'm filling out my grades. The
Art and Music teacher here loved the end of unit projects my kids did for
our literature unit.
     All the stories were about creativity and the last story was about
Louis Armstrong. One group of kids created a dance to a recording by Louis
Armstrong, two groups created dialogs based on the story, one group
created poems and illustrated them, and the last group created brochure
about brass instruments with their own illustrations.
     They have great drawing skills. This is the art teacher's second year
here. According to her the last teacher only did craft, so last year is a
struggle. One option when they finish work early is to use art materials
we have in the room to work on the skills they are learning in art. They
are very comfortable in art, which is remarkable because prefectionism is
a great problem with these kids. One nearly broke down yesterday because
she got a 96 on a spelling pretest.
     I did have a howl of protest when I anounce that anyone using
photographs from the web would lose credit on any report. Two exceptions
Maps from US goverment sites meant for school use, and pictures of
religious items were drawing them might be seen as an affront. It is
difficult to explain to the kids that making up a dance to certain Native
American music is the same as "pretending" to preform Mass with a fake
Roman Collar, but they are starting to get it.
     I'm trying to bring in art connections whenever I can. If anyone has
some resources on Silversmiths I would love to see them. We are currently
reading Johnny Tremain. (SP).

     It is great to be back.
Kimberly Herbert
5th grade Deaf Smith Elementary
(formally with Children's art Museum)