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I began the semester having each student draw up a list of characteristics
they feel make a "really good" art teacher. Over the semester, we explored
this topic in a number of ways including classroom observations, readings,
discussions, and guest speakers. As a part of the final exam, I posed this
question again. I received a number of insightful responses. One of which
I'd like to share with you:
A "Really Good" Art Teacher is. . .
A really good art teacher is someone who can walk into a class of 30 kids
or more, hold their attention for 45 minutes and maybe have taught them
something in the process.
A really good art teacher is a person who saves all manner of yogart cups.
This person also is always thinking of new lesson ideas, even when on
vacation. This is the kind of person who wants school supplies for
Christmas so that students will be able to have something better to work
with. This person cares about the students and sees them as real, valuable
A really good art teacher must also be a knowledgable artist and art
historian with a critical and aesthetic eye. This wonder woman of sorts
must somehow convey the excitement she feels about her subject to the class
so that they see it as exciting too. This teacher must be sensitive and
strong, yet silly.
Although this response seems to cover the territory well, I'm sure there's
more to add.
Care to answer my "final exam" question? Complete the sentence:
A "really good" art teacher is. . .
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, FAC 302, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
new email address: rolandc