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Lesson Plans

re: posters, to Leah

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 09:25:26 -0500

Why not let them know that you are teaching the concepts of good
design in your class and that they can do the poster part in THEIR
class. Maybe give them a more comprehensive handout of the design
elements that will remind them while they are working in their own room,
with their own materials. You could maybe mention it at the beginning
of YOUR class each time, saying something like, "I know you are working
on the posters in your classroom. Be sure your design is balanced,
etc. If anyone has any specific questions, I'd be happy to work with
you after school (at lunch, conf. time, etc)." Then drop by the classes
once a week while they are working, just to show them you are supporting
them. I find that some of my students in the past have been GREAT
artists in my room, but lose it when they have to illustrate a story or
whatever, outside of the art studio. Would this work for you? Or are
you required to do the posters?
My school counselor asked me about doing the Red Ribbon drug week
poster contest in October. I told her that drug education is not in my
curriculum, nor did I order enough posterboard for every 3-5th grader to
make a poster. However, since I will be out of the country for a week
in October, I would let my sub give them paper to do their "plan" or
rough draft of a poster, based on what their classroom teachers had
taught them about drug education. Then when I return I will look over
their plans, make suggestions/conference with students, then they can do
the real poster back in homeroom, with their own markers. (I don't let
kids color in with my markers. The budget just doesn't allow me to buy
enough. We outline with marker and add color with either crayon or
colored pencil. Anyone else have this situation??)

Sorry this went on so long... I got carried away.

Poster contests create a dilemma for me, as well. It's not that I don't

like them, it's that I feel pressed for time. For example, the fifth
teachers want me to do a lesson on poster making, and have their
create a poster that supports not using drugs. Great idea, yes, but I'm

trying to have the students complete some work before open house,
students had their first class just today (after having in-service and
day), and the posters have to be done by the end of the month. It
me. If I just give them the information, and let them go, all that
composition information that they have in their brain, goes out the
I MUST REMIND THEM! Uugh! I wish I had every class, every day, so much
to little time....