cooperation and respect lessons?
- We have a particularily difficult group of 6th graders this year.
Lots of disrespect, name calling and bullying. They are very
immature and floundering in the middle school setting on so many
levels. The counselors are going to be doing some lessons in January
to work on empathy and cooperation etc... to try and get this group
of kids to survive working with each other throughout the rest of
the next 3 years.
I volunteered to incorporate some art lessons too...here are some of
my ideas so far.
starting with some cooperative sculptures along the lines of my
then perhaps some packaging/logo/advertisment sort of thing where
they have to "sell" a positive character trait. Like "Friendship
O's" with a list of ingredients.
then perhaps some comics with positive super heros
Later I want them to make puppet/dolls of someone they admire with
details about how they represent a good citizen. the other idea is
to have maybe have them make one of a classmate that they are paired
up with showing them in the most positive light... but I will have
to get to know them better before I want to go there.
I also like the idea of doing some self-portraits like a 3-D
head/face with positive words like this one
or this one Fill your head with positive thoughts on
So those are a few ideas so far, anyone have any other great ideas?
Sheba~Cynthia Artist/ Educator "multi-faceted creative visionary"
Middle School 6-8 Art and Technology Washington State
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