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Lesson Plans

RE: college faculty

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Wakeley (mtw122)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 21:03:05 -0500

>Therefore it is assumed that you know how to transfer your knowledge of
>your chosen "craft". In addition it is assumed that the better you are at
>your "craft" the more you have to teach.

This is true for most all acedemic disciplines, but I think very true in
Art. I agree some of the best that are the best at what they do are
"lousy", as you say teaching, what they have a talent for.

>This is why I came back to grad school a second time, this time in Art Ed.
>I put a lot of energy into thinking about teaching (aka "Theorizing"). I've
>come to be obsessed with questions beyond how to simply be effective in the
>classroom. The purposes and goals of education are far from clear and
>coherent. Each of us who teaches owes it to our students to be reevaluating
>our purposes and goals every time we complete a lesson. While I have
>enjoyed advice and encouragement from many excellent teachers over the
>years, until now I have never had formal schooling in the craft of
>teaching. And that craft cannot be encapsulated in a lesson plan.

Wow, very true! Teaching is a true art in itself, and we do need to study
it more and be willing to change the system that we use now. I commend you
for continueing your own knowledge to be able to teach with new goals and

penn state university