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[Channel-talklearning] Does art classes always HAVE to take place inside a classroom

From: <s.nyrop@os.dk>
Date: Fri Mar 11 2005 - 09:11:54 EST
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Hello Kate,

I was just wondering if you must move those kids from one school to another all the time, just to work with art. Then I thought, what about working sometimes in the schoolyard (with simple materials such as chalk or rope, a nearby green spot (with nature's products), an empty classroom (using just paper, cardboard, scissors and glue), etc. Or does art have a curriculum you must follow?

I'm from Denmark where I also live - and the children I've been working with were in preschool or free time club, often in pretty narrow rooms, and with more activities taking place, and the best place to live and work with young children was an "outlier kindergarten" - a busing system for inner city kids where we went to a former scout cabin 45 minutes ride from city every day. We did have a house with a kitchen and living rooms, but most of the time we spent outdoor, to the great pleasure of those kids that were very creative - they always found some material at hand for their activities, and they were never bored.

Just wanted you to turn things upside down a bit :-)

Susanne Nyrop,
e-learning consultant,
Denmark

Edward Bowden <e-bowden@northwestern.edu> wrote:
> Hi again Kate. I had a (probably unrealistic) idea. Is it
> possible to
> use some of your walking-between-class time to start the
> discussion?
> That way you are setting the stage for the in-class work and
> making the
> walk more productive. My guess is that it won't really
> work, but who
> knows.
>
> Ed Bowden
>
> On Mar 9, 2005, at 1:39 PM, Edward Bowden wrote:
>
> > Hi Kate. First I would like to say that I am glad to see
> someone
> > posting on channel-talk.
> >
> > About taking the time to ask reflective questions, I
> believe that it
> > is time well spent. I find that when I just dive into an
> activity the
> > students start doing things right away but they don't
> always
> > understand what they are doing or why. By setting the
> stage I almost
> > always get better end results and I spend less time
> stopping in the
> > middle of an activity to correct misconceptions. It seems
> like you are
> > using valuable work time to just discuss things but I
> think it pays
> > off.
> >
> > Ed Bowden
> >
> > On Mar 9, 2005, at 10:37 AM, Katherine Kraus wrote:
> >
> >> Hello, my name is Kate. I'm an art teacher for students
> in grades
> >> 1-5. I teach about 700 kids in a 6 day rotation. I'm in a
> rural
> >> location where the students have a wide range of
> abilities so some of
> >> my classes are functioning on a high level and some on a
> low level.
> >> I feel a lot of pressure to have as productive a class as
> possible
> >> because ; 1. I don't see the kids very often, and 2.
> Class time can
> >> be short, especially for 1st and 2nd grade because I have
> to walk the
> >> kids from one school to another. Over the summer the 2nd
> grade time
> >> slot was shortened to 45 minutes! Very well-behaved
> classes can make
> >> it up and down the hill in about 12 minutes, others can
> take up to
> >> 20. I tend to present material quickly and dive into the
> activity.
> >> After viewing the video for session 1 and reading the
> material, I am
> >> planning to slow myself down by introducing more
> reflective
> >> questioning. For example, third graders are currently
> mak! ing a
> >> castle (2-dimensional) using architecture from Greece and
> Rome
> >> (columns and arches.) For my reflective questions, I
> asked them why
> >> would someone want to build a castle, what purpose
> columns would
> >> have, and to encourage using texture such as stones and
> brick
> >> patterns, I asked which they might use and why. Later I
> thought that
> >> I could have asked what other materials might one build a
> castle from
> >> and open the doors of imagination. I'm hoping using
> reflection in an
> >> opening discussion will improve my teaching and that I
> can do it in a
> >> timely manner.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Katherine Kraus
> >>
> >> kate231@earthlink.net
> >>
> >> Why Wait? Move to EarthLink.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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