Re: [art_education] Re: art and non-readers
- I had a little boy who couldn't write anything legible, even in second grade... Jim B. .... just scratches that didn't make sense to anyone. He simply couldn't form the letters on paper. So I gave him a bucket of clay, and suggested he roll little snakes to form into letters, and then proceeded to form legible letters that formed legible words and then he wrote an entire legible sentence across the countertop. It was a huge breakthrough. He's 40 now, and his mom told me he just completed a series of private lessons with a tutor to help with with his writing and reading, and that he is finally there -- he feels he is okay now! He's so proud...and he remembered the day he "wrote" his first sentence that other people could read. What a long struggle for him....but hopefully when we never give upon them, they find their way. I think as a teacher these are the moments that make it worthwhile.On Jun 12, 2010, at 8:03 AM, ednakate wrote:
- mary ann, good for you. how about doing comic strips? more of a whole language approach - super hero (character), and plot. I think there would be a lot of brainstorming with repeated words,sound effects with simple words, etc. come supplied with a comic book, white tablet/marker, and individual strip dittos. good luck kOn Jun 8, 2010, at 4:54 PM, MARYANN KOHL wrote:
- Comic Life is a great app. for that! I use it in my classroom. It has lots of page spreads, speech and thought bubbles, etc. You just click and drag. You can use your own photos, drawings or clip art. Here is the link: http://plasq.com/
The magiq life looks even cooler! ALi k-4
--- In email@example.com, MARYANN KOHL <maryann@...> wrote:
> I'm beginning to think that comic strips are the answer.
> On Jun 13, 2010, at 11:48 AM, Kathleen Maledon wrote:
> > mary ann, good for you. how about doing comic strips? more of a
> > whole language approach - super hero (character), and plot. I think
> > there would be a lot of brainstorming with repeated words,
> > sound effects with simple words, etc. come supplied with a comic
> > book, white tablet/marker, and individual strip dittos. good luck k
> > On Jun 8, 2010, at 4:54 PM, MARYANN KOHL wrote:
> >> Dear All Fine Teachers of Art:
> >> I was talking my once a month retired teachers group at lunch
> >> yesterday...(I'm the only one NOT retired). One gal was telling me
> >> about the current third grade at my favorite elementary school,
> >> this - as she says - "horrible class", and that they have 7 non-
> >> readers, all boys... boys who do NOT read anything except a few
> >> words by sight. The boys all seven are moving on to fourth grade.
> >> I don't know where the thunderbolt came from, but it struck, and I
> >> decided then and there to volunteer next year to take these boys at
> >> least once a week and teach them to read. Big goal -- realistic? I
> >> don't know! Apparently they are unruly and rude with little respect
> >> for anyone and a true handful. (Goes along with being a non-readers
> >> in grade 3, I suspect.)
> >> I have lots of ideas for teaching reading and success with little
> >> kids of course. But this is different. These kids may be resistant
> >> and yet fragile and angry. I'd like to use art as a springboard
> >> because I think it would surprise them that our first reading
> >> session would be art. I know art would be a good motivator in
> >> general.
> >> My question: Does anyone have experience with this area? teaching
> >> kids to read from their art, especially older kids? I know I'm
> >> jumping into new waters...
> >> I'm very curious about any experiences you might have had that will
> >> help me approach the teaching of reading to seven non-reading boys
> >> --- and bring them to a comfortable level of success. I'm sure I'll
> >> have to take them back to the basics, the beginning.
> >> MaryAnn
> >> ...........................................
> >> MaryAnn F. Kohl
> >> art author/educator/consultant
> >> maryann@...
> >> blog:
> >> http://maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/