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Re: PRAISE, QUESTION, PROPOSE

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Mcracker
Sun, 14 Sep 1997 22:34:43 -0400 (EDT)

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Mark and all,
I think I might be the person who originally posted the Praise, Question,
Propose art criticism process. I learned about it from a reading teacher who
used it for in process critics of writing assignments. I teach middle
schoolers (6, 7 and 8) and use the process pretty much as you described it,
except that we use it primarily in process. I usually choose a work that is
pretty far along into an assigment and the whole class takes a look at it
(with the artist's permission). I also use it with the early finishers -- and
the proposals they hear generally encourage them to keep working or to rework
an area. I do take a number of respomses in each category, but I do not
attempt to talk about each student's work -- instead, I encourage them to ask
the group or a small group to help them with PQP anytime during the process
of creating. In general, they like the attention and the chance to voice
their opinions. In the proposal part, I stress that they phrase their
proposals "If this were my work, I would....." and that the artist always has
the right to take a suggestion or not. I try to give my suggestions in the
same manner and spirit.

Marcia Thompson
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI


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