I am wondering if you are all talking about your experiences getting jobs
in the public schools, or if any of you teach privately, in schools or
Something I have considered is going from school to school, public and/or
private, and offering my classes as enrichment. Of course, I do realize
that a teaching degree would help in any case, but perhaps it wouldn't be
so important if I approached things this way. (I am also wondering how much
people do get paid to teach, publicly, privately, or otherwise. Whatever it
is, I know it is not enough. My personal "soap box" is that teachers should
be paid like athletes, and vice-a-versa. But I won't go there now *S*)
I can walk the walk and talk the talk, but really, if that is what it takes
to be "included"....let me put it this way, I am a professional with my own
business and I know how to do that. That is one of the reasons I am
interested in changing careers at this stage of my life.
Teaching these kids is so much more exciting and inspiring to me than all that.
My BA degree is in illustration and design, and I've taken some Art History
classes along the way. I know a great deal about artists, movements, and
art technique, and have been told I do have a great way with kids. I feel
that I have a lot to offer the children, but at this stage of my life i'm
not sure i'm up for the going back to school part.
Nonetheless, I am considering it so, this is all very helpful to me and my
decision making process.
By the way, Happy New Year!
>>I find a lot of this "soap box" very interesting. I am an artist who is
>>teaching art/art history to my child's first grade class. I have been
>>getting a lot of good feedback from parents and teachers alike. Lately I
>>have considered going back to school for a teaching degree, thinking that
>>perhaps it would enable to be hired easier and make some money doing this.
>>Your discussion sounds as if I wouldn't really learn much of value if I
>>did. (I have a B.A. and have several years experience as an assistant
>>teacher, and as a mother.)
>>Any thoughts on this matter? I'm open to hear them.
>Hi, Michelle...I don't know what state you hail from. Here in California
>you have to adhere to the teaching credential system rigidly....that is:
>take a CBEST exam and have a California Teaching Credential that is
>up-to-date. I came to California with two previous credentials from North
>Carolina and Florida and had to take another year of study here, take their
>CBEST (basic skills test) and another National Teacher's Exam (the newer
>version with an extra long visual arts section of writing essays and
>comparing/contrasting artwork PLUS presenting photos of three of my own
>pieces of artwork and discussing them).
>Another avenue here is, if you already have a teaching degree in another
>field, you can take 20 lower division art hrs. or 10 upper division art
>hrs. and apply for a supplemental degree in art.
>Plan on taking ed. hrs. if you're looking for a credential. I'd be
>interested in talking with you a couple of years from now if you choose
>this path and see just what you think of your college preparation.
>If you received your CA credential after a certain year...I think it's
>something like 1980 or so...then you will not receive a lifetime credential
>but you will have to renew it again every 5 yrs. with 150 more hrs. of
>college level work.
>If your state is like mine, being a teacher's aide with lots of experience
>counts zip. Everyone has to go through the system. You need to check out
>what your state requires.
>And...in a nutshell...it's not what you learn of value (though you may),
>it's all the hoops you have to jump through to get hired and get a paycheck
>and, as San D stated, speak the lingo of the people who hire you. That's
>life and there's not much choice if you want to teach. From another rebel
>of the educational system...though I've never thought of myself that way
>until today!(hee, hee) ...........Cya.....
>Los Cerros Middle School
>Danville, California 94526