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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 15

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4B NorthwMt Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Aug. 18, 1974 FAVlTYKVILLt, ARKANSAS 'A Child Is A Candle To Be Lif Creativity Conference Demonstrates Motto LEARNING AN OLD-WORLD ART "A child is not a cup to txs filled but a candle to be lit." A group of teachers, undergraduate students and more than 100 elementary students were engaged in a conference on creativity which demonstrated that this motto can be translated Into reality. At least with inspired teachers, learning can be an exciting experience and not a drag, according to Robert L. Cornish, a Member of the faculty of the college of Education at the University of Arkansas, who directed the two week workshop which ended Friday at Butter field School. "I try to find experienced teachers 10 conduct the various segments and I learn more from them than they do from the conference.'I tell them only that'I don't want the kids to be placed In a situation where they sit in rows and they take it from there." he said. At first glance, the students appeared to be just having fun. But their total involvement in the activities seemed to be.a (TlMESp!\bt6 by B»y Cray) k*y opening doors and windows to new and exciting methods which make students and teachers partners in the adventure ercnt and unique idea is an end product in itself and is best ibtained when students are con- ronted with problems to which here are no single answers and he child is encouraged to arrive at his own solution," Cornish said. Mrs. Betty Huckleberry conducted the kindergarten group and "fishing" aws the na m e ' week. ... weaving bete as part of the skills of their forefathers are from left Ann Me- O f learning. Briarty and Elizabeth Hutchen-s of the game this past The fishermen caught 12 fish ji the slocked pond on the school grounds and transferred hem to a small fish pond in ;he school room. The students learned about fish, but also learned about sharing, playing and building together the social attitudes and habits which will prepare them for the future. The fish unharmed were returned to the pond each day. Meanwhile the first grade students under Mrs. Elda Duma were on an imaginary trip in a space ship. They landed on future. "It is a learning by doing situation said Mrs. Langston. "Math, history, language arts, economics, and music are used and skills developed as children work together." The students made Indian lorn toms earlier in the week and listened to Dr. John Fitch of the music department of the University as h« helped t h e m learn authentic Indian music. Science was the keynote for the activities of fourth, fifth and sixlh graders under, the direction of Mrs. Paula Kay Henbest and Robert G. Stephens. Water samples from Butterfield pond were examined under miscro- scopes, and art activities included sandpaper, monoprinting and sand casting. Undergraduate students who have observed and assisted in the workshop have gained experience in actual work with students. Some area teachers have volunteered- to attend in an unexplored planet and creat- order to help them in planning ed animals and buildings which their classes for the fall term. Adventure is the single word which describes the atmosphere created with each age group deeply involved in projects which make learning second nature, as they develop solutions to the problems posed by situations. . . "Mental Independence Is stifled by routine. Each person is unique and creative teaching fosters the idea that a new, dif- mighl be found on the planet, and in so doing expressed ideas in art, creative dramatics, science and, math. Learning how our ancestors lived was the theme for the second and third grade students under Mrs. Patti Langston and Mrs. Penny Fox. They learned the crafls, and use of the tools of their forefathers. Other students built a "mini city" of the The workshop has been so successful, Cornish said, that ? lans are underway to expand t throughout the state. Cornish, who believes teaching can be creative is quick to credit the success .to the teachers who are CHMBSphoto by B*y Or»y) EYE TO EYE CONFRONTATION success to uie teacuere wno are . . . . _._*-». conducting the workshop. He ... Kamran Hani gives close inspection to Ms cmcn thinks the easiest way to dem- _ the biqqest of the day. Observing and removing onstrate the effectiveness of ere- ? onstrate the effectiveness of ere * "* . th t }ish into the pond are p om left Wilson, Hubbard.Greg Schultz an/VVinstoH Wbard. Vendor Recalls Jordan's Past chimpanzees and a lone Witnesses? UTICA.'N.Y. (AP) ·-- With for . spectators, crow screeching overhead, Robert Shirley and Linda Ravenscroft were married -- at the Utica Zoo. Shirley, 22, Is a fulltime zookeeper and his 20-year-olii bride is assistant supervisor of AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Lean-| ing on his broom, the flower Vendor surveyed a narrow shopping slrel in one of Amsterdam's most colorful neigh' borhoods, the Jordaan. "The way it used to be," he recalled, "the men would,play cards in the street. The women sat around knitting or peeling potatoes. Some shops stayed open all evening, _ and jthejonce was. women had to drag their men home at midnight. "NOW," he remarked, "it's dead at four in the afternoon. The people who used to fill the cafes now go home to drink. The shopowtiers no longer live here. They turn but the lights and leave, and everything is dark." Almost everyone agrees the Jordaan is prosperity have changed the ways of a quarter Once known for its open, neighborly, almost Mediterranean street life. But, as some point out, the Jordaan probably never was as people say it used to be. "The Jofdaners shared their collec- _ __ tive poverty," explains Han two-room apartment. Hie children's zoo. The Unitarian.: ceremony. was held on a July Saturday night on a : grassy .ar ea between the zoo's Main Building and the Fe- lifte and Primate Building. The bird entered from the Main Building's World of Wildlife section. "Jt was moJHy Linda's ides," the bridegroom said of the ut). usual setting. "But we both wanted an outdoor wedding." no longer what it Auto traffic, tele- streets were full of light. The'vision, and other byproducts of Larimers, Amsterdam's cits councilman fbr Urban planning. "A romantic Image has grown up of Jordaan life prior to World War It: In fact, people lived W the most fright- fullworking-class poverty. sometimes eight to ten in a (HMESphoto .by B«y Gray) ENVISIONING A WHOLE NEW WORLD ... first graders create a new world on an unexplored planet Lions Appear In Pen With Deer Natural Settings Seen At Milwaukee Zoo MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- ! From his rocky plateau throne, the lion drowsily but intently gazes at a small herd of gazelle , grazing only yards away. He regally yawns and stretches, and a little girl a lew more yards away clutches her mother's leg in terror. "Mommy," she cries, "the lions are in the same pen with the deer. They'll eat them." A zookeeper working nearby quickly quiets the child's fears, explaining that a moat -invisible - to visitors separates the preda tor from the prey. The natural setting is com., mbn at the Milwaukee County Zoo, model Tor olher zoos ., throughout the world trying to create realistic scenes for their · animals. A German zoo first tried the " concept in 1907, but since then few have made such a tola commitment to natural . . as the Milwaukee Zoo, ettings whic^ ; has no barred cages and ases ' the natural setting in one form or another for almost all its 700 species and 6.365 animals. M i l w a u k e e Zoo Director George Speidel, who was hired . in 1949 and engineered con ' struction of the entire complex in the 1950s, is modest abou' his achievements. "It was a lot easier to make this a good zoo since we starter from the ground up," say Speidel, hoppiftg into a six-sea electric cart for one of his daily tours of the 185 acres. Construction at the presen site began In 1955, Speidel adds · as the cart inches through th '· front gate crowds, nnd over th next decade animals wer ' moved oin from the old zoo a " an inner city park. SPEIDEL DESIGNS Speidel, whirring quietly no\ ' along the broad osphalt walk ' ways, says most of the design ·· for the natural settings, ar : - ranged according to continent. ere his own, including the net- ork of underground cata- ombs where the large animals at, sleep and winter. "Used to be. zoo directors lought they · were in com- elition or something," says pcidel, who became a family lacksheep 40 years ago when e chucked a promising ac- ouAling career to become a eeper. "But now we work together a ot more." he continues, adroit )y avoiding a gang of school- "icys trying to hop a ride. "We exchange ideas and in ormation and it's not unconv mon any more to lend animals n a permanent basis to other joos that need them or can use hem for breeding." Speidel's success with the jatural settings has put him much in demand as a consult ant for construction of exhibits lis work with the hidden nioats hat prey separate has been predator and the model foi natural settings at many zoos hroughout the nation, particu arly the Bronx, Los Angeles 3rqokfield and San Diego zoological gardens. "It also keeps animals in letter shape," he says, noddin; toward bison, elk, deer ani various waterfowl gambolin within a stone's throw of slee! :ougars in a craggy overhang. "Both the predator and prey stay mote alert when ihey cai iee each other in such clos proximity, even though the can't get at each other." He says the natural setting also make animals more at home and more active than the steamy, cramped barren cages that have characterized most American zoos. The zoo is run by the County Board of Supervisors, currently on a $2.2-milUon annual budget. The private Milwaukee Zoological Society, a group of local hilanthropists, purchases all ae animals. BLANK CHECK The society also gives i blank check fer travel to tour ther zoos, search for rare animals for new exhibits and observe an animal's natural h»W- at to construct more convincing natural settings. Speidel makes several trips a .'ear, usually including stops in Africa. South America, Asia and Europe as well as the United States. Epeidel, who is also paying plans for an extensive wolf woods, believes zoos may b** come more important as Artier' can society becomes more ur- ianized. "For many people, tb,e, only place they will be ab}e to see ;hese animals, including a num jer of endangered North American species such as the tinvb*r wolf and coyote, will be the ;oo," he says. For this reason, ona of his dreams is a vast breeding farm to be run by the zoo 30 rnlles west of the cily. Speidel, who will start the breeding farm later this year with cheetahs, says zoos will ultimately rely on their own resources for animals by breeding their own Instead of capturing them in the wilds. The San Diego zoo is already the Toledo, Bronx, and National zoos Are ;also considering full- scale breeding projects in rural areas. . . . Diminishing 'animal population?, high prices for expeditions and the reluctance of somr countries .to allow zoo sa* faris to, take animals will. Speidel warns, encourage zoos to exchange and loan breeding an, imals just to keep some species anjmals from becoming tame. Breeding farms will combine with natural settings to k.eep animals from booming tanics. "All our animals are at least ssmiwild,." sayp Speidel. "We den't want, any domesticated animals, simply because that's Sot thft way they really re." H* pulls his c»rt carefully into place hear the front gate. an«J . himself together to dUpose of paperwork and tele phone calls before he begins to morrow's labour day at 5 a.m. "We may not bVthe'.Jargest too,", he smiles, ."but we like to think we take as good care o our animals as anybody an.c iresent tftem to our visitors in FISH CHIPS Only 89' Every Monday At 2309 NORTH COLLEGE TM PHONE 443-«««2 OPEN SUNDAYS Noon to 7:00 P.M. --SPECIALS . .. Today Only!--*- SMOKED BEEF STICK $1.98 Ib. SMOKED PROVQLONE ......... *U? 'b- IMPORTED HOLLAND EDAM .... $1.98 Ib, · Country Cured Hams Bacon · Smoked Turkeys and Chickens · Or Foshund' Smoked Sausage · Beef Sausage--Polish Sausqge ' ' . 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