From the founder and director of the Lab School inWashington, D.C., this enlightening book provides an alternativemethod for teaching academic subjects to students with disabilities -the arts.Educators, art teachers and therapists, learning disabilityspecialists, recreation leaders, and parents will discover how toinfuse academic material and life skills into arts activities in orderto help exceptional students learn. Through interviews with Lab Schoolteacher-artists, readers will get step-by-step instructions for avariety of projects that enable students to see science in woodwork,find geometry in sculpture, learn vocabulary through theater, andstudy math through music.Case examples illustrate that thisinnovative approach builds on students' individual strengths andinterests and raises their self-esteem - and that all children willlearn and be uplifted through the power of art. ... Read more
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Best first read for parents of smart school failures.
Complete history and philosophy of a unique school in Washington, DC The Lab School of Washington, dedicated to the creative education of intelligent disabled students.Most likely a model for all schools in the future.Smith started using the arts to teach difficult students long before the research was there to back her up, then built a living educational laboratory to test her concepts. Should be a useful first-step book for anxious partents of "different" learners, and beginning special education teachers.Also contains some useful and simple lesson plans designed by the artist-teachers of the Lab School, that address particular manifestations of common learning disabilites.
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