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Lesson Plans

Re: Art/nonart

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Sun, 22 Sep 1996 17:56:59 -0400

You know...the kids have a lot to say even with informal "non-teacherish"
Every two weeks I have posted an aesthetic problem on my "thinking wall" for
the kids to respond to. What they do is read the question written on the
wall (in big bold letters) and then when they have thought of an answer with
a reason accompanying it they go jot it directly on the wall (it is covered
with roll paper). At the beginning of the year I made a big deal about great
thinking, and that I would recognize great thinking by students with a star
sticker (or something appropriate like that, I'm looking for a light bulb
stamper)...Many kids have taken a moment out of their time working on the
assignment here and there to write a response. They come to me and ask me to
look at what they wrote (spelling doesn't matter, just great ideas and
thoughts) and I provide a sticker and let their teacher know that that child
was a philosopher in art today! The first two questions have been "What is
Art?" and "Does good art have to be beautiful?". I received over a 75 to a
hundred unsolicited responses about each...most being profound thoughts from
first graders through fifth grade.
The parents also flipped when these kids dragged them over at open house
and showed them their great responses!
It is something I will continue to generates wonderful private and
class wide discussions and makes kids realize that art involves much