Sharon Barrett Kennedy wrote:
> First, thanks to all who have written making suggestions re: the structure
> and scope in HS curriculum (as well as all of my other questions since
> joining this list!); your responses are greatly appreciated!
> Now here's something else that's got me going at the beginning of this
> school year:
> My Art I, II and III students are often in the same class period. I teach
> at a small private school (after 7 years in a large public elementary
> school) so there are often scheduling conflicts, and electives get shuffled
> around quite a bit.
> We just finished up our first week of school and I had ALL of them fill out
> an interest questionnaire which included : "On the back of this sheet,
> please draw a house, person and tree." I also had all of them design and
> make a portfolio out of posterboard which had to incorporate their name,
> either in a graphic/logo design OR in a design which reflects their
> While I've offered some help, made a few suggestions, etc., the purpose of
> the questionnaire and portfolio (aside from being functional) was to
> establish a "baseline" in order to give me the chance to see where these
> kids are, both with their art skills and their writing ability.
> What I've found is that some kids who are at the Art I level have skills
> that are much more highly advanced than some of the Art II or III students,
> and some of the students in the Art II/III levels would benefit from some of
> the basic things I'd planned to cover in Art I. Again, bear in mind that
> I've got a mix of students in each class, any way. I also have pretty high
> percentage of ESL students, some of whom have incredible art skills but are
> going to struggle, mightily, with some of the required written work at ANY
> In some ways it's tempting to throw out the whole art "level" concept and
> just gear instruction towards individual abilities, but I don't think I
> could do that..... Dunno.
> So--how do you handle this?
> Thanks (again!!)
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