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Lesson Plans

Re: sleeping students

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Mon, 31 Aug 1998 21:53:13 EDT

I think that high schoolers are often hesitant to look ignorant or foolish and
are unsure of their knowledge in you need to make it very safe for
them to respond. Two things I've tried with Token is that I
make my own tokens out of xerox paper and have the kids (high school or
college level) put their initials on the tokens before we play the game. When
we review or discuss the responses, I call on various people by their
initials. I take all responses very seriously, trying to honor their answers
and their opinions and I keep asking questions. I refuse to accept "I don't
know" don't have to "know " right now, bucertainly you have an opinion.
The best results I've seen with this game come when actually visiting a
gallery or museum (perhaps because they are out of their usual space or are
naturally more curious in the present of real art. At any rate, I have used
this game with college level and high school art appreciation classes, but am
very careful not to judge responses as right or wrong, but rather as valid
opinions worthy of serious discussion. In general, I have found my students to
be very afraid of art, because they see it as something that some people "get"
or understand and they don't.