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Lesson Plans

re: reading writing and art

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LARRY SCHROER (lschroer)
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 19:15:46 -0400

I teach a self-contained 4th grade in inner city Detroit and Art is my
vehicle that I use to teach all subjects. We don't have a "regular" Art
teacher which is great for me and my class, but not so good for those
students who have teachers that don't consider Art a meaningful part of the
curriculum. Each year I use Art more and more in teaching all the other
subjects. It really does work ---- the kids make connections. I'm up
against tremendous odds as a teacher in the city and using and connecting
Art to all my subjects gives all children a chance at success. I'm lucky
that I don't have a "bell" to tell me when my time is up with a group. And
we can go off on tangents whenever we want or continue with something 'til
we are satisfied. This year we will be studying the lives of more Artists
and that will be connected to Social Studies and other subjects as well. I
get so many great ideas from this list and I always find a way to connect
those ideas to everything I teach.
So---Yes, Amanda your children would outdo the others if you had the
responsibility for educating 7th graders until they graduated using Art as a
Hope our strike is over tomorrow-------I'm anxious to get started. I'm
going to start with Artist Faith Ringgold . Mary S.

"Art enriches teaching.
It generates energy.
And teaching inspires Art.
They vitalize each other."