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Re: [teacherartexchange] Input wanted on "blue clouds", are they common in other parts of the country?


Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 05:36:12 PDT

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From: Carokarn
<<When I first began teaching (k-8) here twenty years ago I noticed
that almost all of my
students would color their clouds blue and leave the sky white. It is
low-income area so my first thought was that first grade teachers
encouraged children to
color that way to preserve the blue crayons, but years passed, crayons
plentiful and still the blue clouds persisted. Often I would ask: "Why
are the
clouds blue?" the response: "Because that's what color clouds are." >>

I am glad this came up. It is important for all of us who work with
pre middle school children to understand child development and learning
theory and I am still learning. Craig Roland at Univ of Florida has
put together a great website which organizes all the material in an
engaging manner. My college undergraduates are using it to analyze
their collections of "unschooled" child art...

kathy douglas
in massachusetts
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