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Lesson Plans

New Teacher

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Wed, 18 Aug 1999 02:15:28 EDT

It's difficult being assigned classes to teach that are not your expertise.
Although I was a printmaking major in college, it's been alot of years. I
found that I didn't remember most of what I had done before. Having
completed the teaching the course last year, I feel more confident this year.
I don't teach photography so I can't suggest anything practical...however, I
do notice that the photography teacher at my school covers the same elements
of design that I do in my drawing classes.....for example....photograph
texture, photograph line, etc. The one bit of advice I would give you is to
test out your projects before you assign them to the students. Do them
yourself. This way you will be aware of any problems that might arise. I
have always worked in acrylics but I taught oils to advanced students this
past year. A good teacher is a good teacher regardless of her experience. I
also find that there is something kind of neat about the kids discovering
technique for themselves. I assume you teach high school like I do. A first
year teacher can bring a certain amount of excitement to the classroom.
Relax and enjoy. Having completed two years of teaching, I don't think my
students have suffered in the least and the most exciting experience is when
they come back to visit you the next year and you see what an effect you had
on their lives. Good Luck.