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Re: [teacherartexchange] Thanks and another question


From: Rick Larson (jrlarson51_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 25 2005 - 13:08:46 PDT

Stacie, Woody has some good lesons that are successful. He was also a middle
school teacher, you might want to ask him. Other than that, I swear by chalk
rubbings- using a template they cut out of tag or some other sturdy paper,
outline cut side and use cotton ball to rub chalk dust downward on the paper
underneath the template. I have used them to make pueblos in 5th. they
added a chalk sky, cacti, ladders and small windows ( sharpies for ladders
and windows.)They will be amazed at how wonderful they are at making art. I
don't have any pictures, but will remember to take some this year. The same
technique could be used to make mountain scape, sea scape, etc or just a
colorful abstract.
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> Thanks for all of your wonderful advice. So far, I've made checklists for
> my
> table captains. I'm going to find buckets for quick paint brush
> collection
> and for holding my goodies. I like the idea of giving out bucks for good
> behavior and telling the students that when they acquire four, they may
> pick out a
> prize. I'm getting ready to make a rubric for the cityscape painting they
> are
> working on so they will know exactly what I will be looking for.
> I have decided that if they are too loud tomorrow and cannot behave, I
> will
> ask them to clean up right then and there. I'm trying to decide if I will
> ask
> them to read quietly, put their heads down or draw quietly in their
> sketchbooks. What do you think? Also, what should I do if they decide to
> chat at this
> time?
> I have a folder with detention slips in it pinned to my board for easy
> access. I'm going to sign and fill out what I can on all of the forms
> tomorrow
> morning so that I will have less work to fill out when a student earns a
> detention.
> I'm going to do my best not to yell. I'll have to do something to get
> their
> attention though. I swear, it gets so loud that I have to yell for them
> to
> even hear me. I need to work that out. Maybe I'll simply go table by
> table to
> tell them to quiet down or to ask them to clean up? Is that a better
> approach? Rather than trying to get the whole class's attention?
> Oh, also...I've told my students that they may not get out of their seats
> without permission, yet several still do. I've been calmly telling them
> that
> they need to go back to their seats and raise their hands. Should I now
> start
> giving them consequences or continue to remind them?
> Right now I'm trying to figure out the next assignment. I want to have
> them
> make mandalas, but so many of the lessons I find are quiet
> complicated...meaning I think it's too advanced for my middle school
> students. They barely know
> how to use rulers and make straight lines. Can anyone suggest a simple
> lesson, yet one where the results will be spectacular? I've been looking
> at the
> circle of light lessons. I'm also trying to create basic powerpoint
> transparencies just to explain what a mandala is, who uses them, why, the
> importance of
> circles, etc... If anyone has done a similar project and can suggest
> something
> simple, informative, concise yet effective, that would be great. I often
> find
> that there is so much info out there, and I waste hours and hours digging
> through it to make a simple lesson. I have two books on mandalas, but
> again,
> very complicated.
> Thanks. I have printed out all of your advice and am trying to figure out
> what I can start with tomorrow. I really appreciate it!
> Stacie
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