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I did not make myself clear (New Teacher)

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EileenAC
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 09:54:50 EDT


Hi everyone.

I did not copy the first letter that I answered so I am getting responses
that do not make sense. My letter was in response to a new teacher who will
be teaching photography her first year to beginning and advanced students,
while she has little experience. I'm sorry, but I deleted her letter so I
don't have a name. I learned a lesson......always copy the old letter.
Otherwise, nobody knows what you're talking about.

Let me clarify a few things.
I do not teach photography.
I am always prepared when I teach.
I always do a demonstration to show technique.
Although I am only starting my second year teaching, I have an extensive art
background as a stylist in the garment center in NYC and as an art director
so to some extent I am hardly inexperienced.
What I was trying to tell this other new teacher was that in spite of her
difficult situation of being hired to teach a subject that she has limited
knowledge of, after she trys every project and technique, she should realize
that kids today are very resourceful. This is the computer generation.
Seeing my own teenage children at the computer is amazing to me.
When I said that I taught oil painting to students while I had always used
acrylics, I thought it was obvious that I would never teach something without
trying it before. I may not have lots of experience with a certain medium but
some where along the way I took a course or dabbled in most of them. Come
on.....we're all professionals. I just assumed that everyone would expect an
art teacher to have made herself knowledgeable before teaching something.
Would an English teacher teach a novel without reading it first?

AS A NEW MEMBER TO THIS WONDERFUL SITE, I HAVE ONE REQUEST. PLEASE MAKE THIS
A SAFE PLACE FOR ALL TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES. I'D LIKE TO BE A GIVER AND NOT
JUST A TAKER.

Good luck to all of you who have either returned to the classroom or who will
be after labor day like me.

Eileen