I had to laugh at the comments on inservices for art. The last district
inservice that was held for all K-12 teachers entailed our building
'ladders'. These ladders consist of building a cohesive lesson based on the
state standards, focusing on where a student is currently at based on
his/her NWEA test scores, which of course, are focused entirely around
reading and math. I asked the lady how I was supposed to build my ladder
when 1. I don't have access to the student's test data since I don't have a
login, 2. I don't have MS/HS classes that only have one grade, 3. None of
these test scores take into account art standards, 4. I don't think I should
be responsible for knowing and teaching to the 10 different grade levels
state standards in both reading AND math. The 'expert' just told me to do
the best I could. So much for an expert - a true 'teacher' would have been
prepared to help those of us who teach outside the tested curriculums to
integrate reading and math within our subjects.
I attend my state art conference every year to help find new inspration.
I watch both my own service center as well as one in a neighboring community
for creative workshops - I'm always surprised that there are a fair amount
of them offered. Plan make-and-take workshops with art teachers in your
area. They probably want to connect as much as you do. Also, connecting
through this list, and collaborating online with like-minded people help for
those of us that are isolated from other art teachers on a daily basis.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
> I am a beginning art teacher, with 17 years of experience in the
> "regular" classroom. We currently have a Fine Arts director who has
> retired on the job, so to speak. I have never been to an inservice
> taught by the district about art, nor are there meetings for art
> teachers, nor any get togethers at which we can swap ideas, or meet and
> find ways to relate to one another. Maybe this is not unusual. At this
> point it seems that it will require the initiative of one of us to start
> such a thing.