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I think an orientation is do for the educators in your
schools,including any board members who make descisions which affect
how you teach and hold your job in their hands. A nice invitation
sent to each or even putting it on the agenda at the next meeting.
Don't give them a choice,I think when asked face to face most would
comply. The next time art comes up,tell them you want them all to
attend a workshop/orientation on art and education,have handouts
made up for the class. You can do it any way you like. Setting out
the year curriculum,posting old lesson plans with samples, having
everyone explore the same medium differently. Do stations if you
like or have one project. Share with them your
goals,expectations,assignments etc. Share the development of a
and please allow for a discussion at the end of the class.
Come prepared and you will see how well it pays off.
Have another set up for parents. Approach the principal as a
peer,have him/her help in getting a good turnout and include them in
You can do it any way you feel comfortable,with slides,demo,project
straight stations. I think they will have a new view on Art
At the end have a sign up if they would like to volunteer(Parents).
if they would be interested in working on multiprojrct lessons to be
incorporated in the other classrooms as well.
Assignment due for each teacher:
> Dear Artsednetters:
> The current thread about other teachers and parents that are not educated
> about art enough to recognize what's important in art education is so valid,
> and frustrating.
> example, I too, mostly get positive feedback about my students' artwork only
> when it is craftsy and cutesy. In fact, if the work doesn't all look
> similar (which most times it doesn't) some think I've taught something
> Here is a dilemma I'd like some ideas about. My principal (new) expressed
> how important "holiday art" and "nice things to take home" are to my art
> program. I said, "Why!?" He said, "P.R., parents expect that." I also
> suspect that teachers may complain because they "don't have time to make
> decorations" in their classroom (so my function, apparently is to supply
> patterns for adult pleasing decorations). Please share some holiday (any)
> art ideas that are artistically meaningful, but would also satisfy the
> decorative or gift/craft quality that my principal says (he, teachers)
> parents expect.
> Please excuse this text if it is big and bold. Someone has been fooling
> with the comp. settings, and I have to fix them.
> Sincerely, Leah
-- john barrick Sandra Barrick astroboy http://home.fuse.net/astroboy