They can follow simple instructions and some can even follow two step
instructions, but any instructions must be simple. I have found that they
do not take any intiative for their work. As an example, there was a day
we were drawing indian designs under my direction. When I told them to
begin coloring in their designs, many of them had to be directed to color
in the teepees, suns, etc. before they knew what to do.
Some have physical handicaps. A couple are nearly blind so their lines
must be really dark if I give them something to cut. A couple have limited
use in one hand (especially the one who is in a wheelchair). I have two
who cannot speak and one who is a selective mute....as a result, I am
learning sign language from them.
Also, these kids are kind of tricky because they are teenagers, yet their
mental and motor skills are like a small childs. Their teacher has
specifically told me she wants their lessons to be "age appropriate". Now
try to find something they can actually do without it being too
childlike!!! It's been tough.
Anyway, I'm just asking for some ideas that are simple. 20 years ago when
I first started teaching, I taught grade school art for 5 years, but that's
been a long time ago and I no longer have that information.....thought I
would never use it again since I will retire soon and I am at a high school
....so I threw it all out a year or so ago. (BIG MISTAKE!)
All in all, this has been a challenge for me since I have been at the high
school level for 20 years now. But, I must admit, these kids are enjoyable
to work with. They are so happy to do "stuff" with me. It's a whole
different ball game!!!
Thanks for helping
Cameron High School
1022 South Chestnut
Cameron, MO 64429