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Re: [teacherartexchange] New Class Blog

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From: Diane Gregory (dianegregory2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 02 2008 - 14:27:52 PST


Hi Michal.

I agree with you completely!

We, as university professors, need to do a better job
educating future teachers about how to integrate art and other subjects
without watering down any subject matter. Making connections is important and those
connections need to be real, authentic and challenging...nor trivial connections.

Thanks, Michal

Cheers,

P.S. Say no to in-service that does not contain strategies and methods for supporting and working with
teachers over time to know and develop new skills. The one shot workshops are ineffective, not matter how
inspiring. We must develop a new model for professional development. I would love to hear
what kind of professional development k-12 teachers need and how it should be carried out.
 
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Department of Visual Arts
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
dianegregory2@verizon.net
dgregory@mail.twu.edu

----- Original Message ----
From: M. Austin <whest177@wheatstate.com>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu>
Sent: Saturday, February 2, 2008 2:30:31 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] New Class Blog

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.
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

> 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.

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