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Re:[teacherartexchange] identifying gifted kids for after school club


From: marcia (marciadotcom_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 03 2008 - 05:38:58 PDT

I just want to put the other side out there for teachers who are thinking about making art club and exclusive gifted club. I was not very good at art in elementary, middle or even high school, but I LOVED it. I couldn't figure out perspective for the life of me and I really just wasn't that great at drawing. I've always really really liked art though. I'm very lucky that my college program didn't institute portfolio requirements until after I got accepted! I improved greatly in my college courses, because I was willing to spend the hours to master the basic skills in drawing, clay, photography and so forth. I never even thought I was "good enough" to major in art until I had a general studies art teacher write me a really nice note about joining the program. Since I am a firm believer that art skills can be taught to those who are open and willing to put in the time, I highly recommend considering effort and enthusiasm rather than simply art
 skills when choosing members of art club. OR, if you have that many kids who signed up and returned a permission slip, structure it so that it is one semester long, with 2 different art clubs.. OR enlist a parent volunteer or another artsy teacher to help. Now, don't get me started on competitive sports!

> Subject: Re: teacherartexchange digest: September 01, 2008
> From: "Lois Girbino" <>
> Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 18:03:27 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 9
> Okay, this is for the art teacher who is being forced to do
> a lottery
> for afterschool art enrichments....We DO identify for
> giftedness in
> the visual arts in our district (which legally, everyone
> should be
> doing---gifted kids need enrichments as much as other
> students need
> interventions). We use a portfolio assessment using our
> state (Ohio)
> rubric, with a full day release for the entire art dept.,
> k-12. I have
> parents tearfully thanking me for recognizing their
> student's
> potential! Why is this important? Well, stats tell us that
> 10% of the
> population is gifted in some area. Art is a powerful area
> of knowledge
> that feeds the mind; let's elevate it to the other
> content areas!
> After identification, students are better informed to make
> elective
> choices when they get to middle school & high school.
> As for
> enrichment, if you differentiate, having the assessment
> information
> helps you meet the student's needs better, especially
> if you have
> hundreds & hundreds of students. Having an art club is
> nice, but I let
> students volunteer for that, sometimes gifted students are
> already
> heavily scheduled. At the state level, they are pretty
> specific about
> gifted identification, and there is usually a person to
> call. Most
> counties have a gifted person or two also, which may be the
> place to
> start.
> Either way, parents usually appreciate knowing where their
> students
> "shine", and then they can make more informed
> decisions.


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