A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Friday, July 6, 2012

What's the deal with the cloth?

First, thanks to the folks who have commented. It means alot that you took the time to do that. I really appreciate it.

Ok, Part of what I'm trying to figure out with this test drive is how long to go before the facilitator pushes for more insight. In a classroom, you can read the students to see what the next step is. When the well seems dry, you prime the pump, so here goes:

wood base
draping felt feminine
something more than just a block under the cloth
grandfather clock=hints at older time=time escaping
the wood and cloth=highly manipulated by man
cloth=linen (note that there are contradictory observations-that's okay)
why is that piece of art covered (the others aren't)?

Now, VTS is open-ended but class time is the opposite. What I do in class is give them a chance to examine the piece on day one. No comments, just look at and think about the piece. Then day two and three are for observation and discussion. Day four and five are more analytical as we explore the why's of the piece in depth.

I'd like to give us one more day for comments so ... fire away. Again, this is invaluable to me as a teacher and thanks in advance for your help.

Another comment from my students:
They've wondered why it is covered when other pieces in the room are not. (See the photo in the previous post for their reference.)

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