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Student Teachers

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Sandra Evans (
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 19:34:55 -0600 (CST)

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Thanks for the encouragement from the members of the listserve, I think I
can come out of the closet. Ideas are wonderful and are what's important.
In reference to the student teacher, I have a student teacher who is my
"soul sister", she looks like me, thinks like me, and is as stunned with
the public school system as I still am. Neither of us wear make up. The
advise from the listgroup is supportive and wonderful. My concern is not
so much personal outward looks, but my ST's philosophical shock. She has
had no training in Identifying 504 students, self-contained students, nor
was she aware of the extent of the physically handicapped students in our
middle school -- all are placed in the art class. This will be my last
year of having an art program with three different levels - we go to the
middle school concept of Art 6, Art 7, and Art 8 with all levels
involved, today I was told that our student load would be 180 students.So
I have an incredible task next year. Question: Is there an art curriculum
for the middle school concept? The great debate with my ST today was how
to include art history/criticism,production/aesthetics to such a diverse
group of kids - some who are sleeping, some who ignore the teacher, some
who are hostile, and of course, those who want it - in a class of as many
as 35+ ( she is experiencing a taste of large, diverse classes now, and
cannot see the professionalism in it - can't say I do either) Sorry for
the long post, but it's been one of my major beefs for many years (large,
diverse classes that is).
S. H. Evans
Southeast Middle School
Baton Rouge, LA

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