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Re: Unmotivated third graders

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Fri, 12 Sep 1997 20:43:11 -0400 (EDT)

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If you haven't already, what I would do is spend some time clarifying
expectations, and perhaps going over some concepts like effort and quality.
Also discussing characteristics that make a work of art interesting such as
variety, repetition, use of space/composition, focal point, etc. tend to
help. I have also found that when students know that we will have a critique
when everyone is finished, and each student will need to put their art work
up for all to see; they work much harder.
Lastly, I have found that adding a little competative element to a project
or two, such as having a "Best of Show" vote when everyone is finished can
provide a needed motivator.

If students are truly passionless, I would analyze the project and try to
find a new approach that would help them to become more invested. Perhaps a
component to the project that allows for more self expression....expression
of their interests, ideas, personality etc. would help. Sometimes the apathy
has to do with their inability to truly express themselves, and therefore
not connect or invest themselves in the project.

I hope my thoughts were helpful.........................Dawn Malosh, K-8 Art

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