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Re: plaster carving


Date: Sat Feb 01 2003 - 20:15:54 PST

I've rethought this plaster thing. I think it might be a little too tough for
me right now. I've already been warned that I have two potentially bad 8th
grade classes.
  I'm driving myself nuts trying to decide if I should reteach the same
projects for seventh and 8th, or try some new things. I have ready the word
pictures for seventh and the an O'keefe pastel project I talked to you about
a while back. I want to try these but I also hate the idea of a train wreck.
It's not just my embarrassment, but I really want the kids to have a good
experiece. That's why I can't get over this fear of screwing up.
    My problem is I want to try new things, but I'm not sure if I really have
taught the previous ones as well as I can yet.
    What do you think. Is it best for a new teacher not to be so concerned
with curriculum the first year and just try to focus on classroom procedures
and management?
     Oh, one more thing. I cannot for the life of me find your email about
ironing tempera paintings. I remember asking my mentor teacher before she
left if she ever painted on paper and she said she used canvas board because
of the wrinkling and curling. This may be your little secret. I forget how
involved this is. Can you tell me again, please.