I am taking a class on graduation standards, along with a number of
grade classroom teachers from my school. This week we were looking at
10 high standards, and discussing how we are all already implementing
them in our classrooms. Anyway, the instructor asked what I, as an art
teacher would like to have the classroom teachers work on, in their
classroom, to help me implement my curriculum. I was taken aback,
because it has ALWAYS been the case of,"how can you make your art
curriculum fit in with our curriculum"). I am really interested in
feedback on what kind of a response I should make; (it was at the end
class and I said I wanted to think about that one a bit); this feels
a great opportunity, and I don't want to blow it.
This is a great change in mindset! A few ways I try to encourage
classroom teachers is ask for their help... Teachers are born helpers.
When I notice a display of xeroxed coloring book type pictures, I tell
the teacher how I am trying to encourage students to look at and draw
things on their own, and suggest ways they can "help" by having
students use the xerox pictures as a starting point for their own
artwork. Also, whenever the opportunity arises, I send unfinished
projects back to class with the kids ready to write a story about
their work. Also, if a teacher is complaining about a non-reader, ask
them to draw their story and narrate it.
By the way, did any of you notice the ad in this months Smithsonian
Magazine honoring art teachers?
Kayenta Intermediate School