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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Diane L.
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 21:21:22 -0500
Dear Ann, thanks for the reply, boosts my moral. Had a tough week can't
wait for Friday...I've been subbing for an upper level art teacher and I
think the kids were especially difficult because they resented having the
k-2 art teacher, (me). The assignment was only 2 weeks, but wow! Their
teacher wanted me to teach perspective with a painting assignment. I felt
it should be sequential,and over a period of units ie, assess ability,
teach drawing skills, work with line, shadow, tone etc, then color
skills,(ie making shadows with complements, etc,) and then one point
perspective, and lastly assigning students to create an outdoor one point
land or cityscape. But the teacher said they hadn't had art since last
year, (we're on a block schedule) and that they only get eight weeks, and
so there's no time to prep them with technique, and they are anxious to
PAINT PAINT PAINT!. So in five Classes (45minute lessons) I have to get
them to learn everything... Have you ever had a similar experience? I'm
dreading going in tomorrow, their behavior is worse than my 2nd graders.
The other teacher is real nice, but she has a lot more experience, and
there fewer kids in her half of the class, (the school made a scheduling
error and gave her both sessions at the same time, that's why I subbing for
her,for the first two weeks then the schedule will be fixed. In the mean
time I hope my kids can present something at the level of her half of the
grade. It's hard conducting someone else's lesson plan. I'd rather have
introduced perspective in a more basic manner, such as a well done color
pencil drawing. Sorry if this letter is convoluted, but I'm exhausted. On
the happier side, the behaviour of k-2 is improving. Our K paper woven
placemats came out super! Keep in touch, and that goes for all my fellow
Sincerely, Diane L.