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Karen, I did my preservice work with you (many moons ago!) at LSU. One of the most
rewarding experiences was the time spent observing other art teachers classrooms,
and mentoring with other teachers. I do think the pre-requisite for that experience
is a strong foundation in DBAE, and methods in elementary and secondary art
education. I attended after an increase in number of art making courses in the
curriculum for art ed majors. I felt that foundation was beneficial.
Prior to entering the classroom, I learned most of my management strategies from
being a parent. (fortunately!) I don't feel that most new teachers get enough
information on classroom management. What comes naturally to experienced teachers
is sometimes difficult for preservice teachers to grasp.
Art and Technology Coordinator