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from: Bunki Kramer (bkramer.us)
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, CA 94526
I came away from NAEA with some great memories and a few good ideas. Not as
many as I would like but still I did get two or three really good ones. I
particually liked the "Matisse to Batik" one.
I also found that some of the hands-on workshops (that I had paid good $$$
for) were too elementary and...gosh...I teach middle school. That tells you
something right there. I was lucky enough to gain entrance to three
workshops with the presenters' permissions and more $$$ but these were worth
it. I agree with Carolyn that the hands-on workshops should offer more
information beforehand...like grade level...in the NAEA catalogue so you
know exactly what level of info you will be getting. Maybe Nancy Walkup can
see this to fruitation.
I noticed an abnormal amount of assessment lectures as well as an
over-abundance of curriculum philosophy discussions. Personally I'm there
for the "nuts and bolts" so I found that frustrating for me....however, you
might dig that sorta thing.
My biggest "memory" is the sheer terror of riding those glass elevators to
the 28th floor. These elevators start within the lobby area and fly through
the glass ceiling out into the elements on the dang OUTSIDE of the building.
I couldda handled up to the 10th floor okay...but the 28th? You don't even
see people on the ground at that height. Remember "Inferno"? I DID. I stood
plastered to the metal door with my eyes clamped tight. No joke!
Of course alot of movies are filmed with these elevators in the
background...like "Forget Paris", "True Lies", "In the Line of Fire"...and
the actors don't look petrified like I did.
I agree also with MaryB that you should make your reservationn "RIGHT NOW"
for next year in NYC. We made ours the 2nd day we were there and they
already had over 200 rooms filled then. Don't wait. Make them...then find
out if you can go.
It's interesting to know that there weren't many secondary applications for
workshops. Interesting because less than half of the total applications were
accepted. I wonder at what level MOST of the applications WERE for? Anybody
Maggie and I did some research at the Getty about the listserv while we were
there. People went to the museum. Maggie and I went to the "suits" instead.
I didn't make it to the Getty Presentation to hear about their plans but I
did get to talk to some people who are involved (even more closely to our
list) who STILL don't have a clue to what the two ladies who gave the
presentation had to say. In other words, the right hand doesn't know what
the left hand is doing...and I wonder just what is PR and what is the truth.
Until I reached one particular person, I was just being given the same "PR"
speech over and over like everybody else was. The list management has been
reduced from 5-6 down to one person. This person is just trying to handle
the day-to-day stuff which doesn't leave time to edit the recent archives.
That's why there are gaps there now and probably will be for some time.
We'll need to expect that and be glad with what we can find. BTW...did find
out that it DOES cost lots of $$$ to run our list.
If things start changing in a negative way, I've now got several higher-up
names and company "suits'" personal e-mail addresses with which we can start
doing our thing. I think we need to wait and see what happens but there is
recourse here when we need it. But....I'm more optimistic than before I
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