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[teacherartexchange] Elementary art specialist


From: KPRS2 (kprs2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 19 2005 - 14:33:27 PDT

In response to this statement:

 I just really
really want us to have an elementary art specialist.

I think you need to go to the elementary school parents association and
plead your case. Board members are voted on in my area, I am assuming they
are in yours as well (and consequently respond very well to parents queries
and phone calls). Invite yourself to the next PTA (Parent teacher's
association, or whatever your community calls it) and plead your case. Talk
in terms of young students and the creative spirit, the notion of being able
to express yourself, develop a voice, learn and above all have fun. Talk in
terms of when small children learn HOW do they learn? Through hands on
experiences. Remind parents about their 'little ones' BEFORE school, and
how they were engaged in learning on a viceral, hands on, level,and that
type of learning is lasting. Remind them of their young ones faces when
they were creating art. Remind them of how much joy and pride it instilled
in their kids when their work was hung on the refrigerator. Remind them that
an Art Specialist takes that experience one step further, emphasising
creative problem solving in a way that a NON-SPECIALIST is not trained to

I say be charming, bring slides if possible (of other elementary art
teacher's work if you have to, of course with permission), and make sure
your 'song and dance' is concise and heartfelt.

Once you reach the parents, it is THEIR job to demand the art specialist.

Just my two cents.

San D

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