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Lesson Plans

Teacher preparation

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Robert E. \ (sheffey)
Sat, 10 Jan 1998 20:58:17 -0700

I agree that I learned many things that seemed like educational jargon
that took up much time (so and so's method of learning, etc). I sat in
education classes with elementary teachers who were dressed in suits and
I smelled like turpentine. It seemed I was the odd ball.
Things I didn't learn that I wish I had were: ordering information such
as vendors, budgets, bids, and quantities and quality of materials.
Safety issues were not addressed in relation to materials or students or
myself. Management of 30 students who were all painting or working in
clay was not addressed.
I was trained well in art history, studio art, and had a couple of good
classes which introduced me to DBAE and many great art educators. I read
all I could get my hands on.
Curriculum was not addressed at all (in art) and everywhere I have
worked, no one has had a clue as to the SOL's for art. I did that stuff
on my own.
I think I have developed a pretty good curriculum which includes DBAE.
The other day I had an interview after I had been evaluated at my new
job as a middle school art teacher and I was told, "Maybe you should not
try to teach technical things to the kids like watercolor techniques,
etc. and just do paper mache. Have you though about paper mache? We
have a large supply of paper and the kids will love the tactile
I have nothing against paper mache, but who is this administrator to
suggest to me what to teach? Have any of you had to deal with this and
how do you handle these situations when well meaning people suggest
things for you to "do" like you don't have a structure curriculum of
your own but are just "having fun."