Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Paper to Product - Paper Mache - Section 1: Explore


My classroom is made up of ELL, special needs, developmentally delayed, gifted and speech kids along with a large number of mainstream. Having such a diverse group of learners requires me to provide clear procedures and modeling of almost every activity we do. This save time and frustration for both the kids and me later in the lesson. 

In this lesson, I provide procedures and modeling upfront so there are no steps missed. What I've learned over the years is that when the kids get frustrated, or when I get frustrated, it's usually been my own fault from lack of modeling or demonstrating. Kids will interpret information in the most unusual ways if the expectations are modeled properly.

Providing clear and accurate procedures and modeling prior to setting kids off to work on their own saves everyone stress and frustration and makes for a happy well-functioning classroom. Just as in this lesson, the kids heard and saw what was expected of them and did marvelously well.

  Procedures and demonstrations
  Grappling with Complexity: Procedures and demonstrations
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Paper to Product - Paper Mache

Unit 12: Performing with paper
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT create an art project from used paper by recycling.

Big Idea: Kids learn that used paper materials can be transformed into beautiful art instead of being thrown away to fill landfills.

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Science, Science Skills, art, Paper, weaving
  40 minutes
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