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Re: Substitute Teaching

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Sandra Poos (klpoos)
Sun, 18 Jan 1998 22:58:41 -0600


Lydia,
Congratulations on completing your degree in art education! One way to
get your foot into the door and gain experience is to sub. I know it
must be hard. I have never done that before, as I finished college and
immediately got a job.
What has tended to annoy me about subs? First, don't try to finish a
project that the art teacher has started. I was sick and a sub came in
and had the students work on a project that I had just started the week
before. As I recall, it was a crayon resist that I was going to have the
children put watercolor over the next class. The sub passed out the
project and had the students cut out ALL the shapes and paste them onto
another sheet of paper. When I had that class the following week and
went to pass out the pictures to add the watercolor over, there were no
pictures, as she had sent them home. To say the least, I was very angry.
We had to start the project over.
I usually leave a notebook in the office for subs with alot of easy
ideas to use, and where to find supplies.
I think subs should have some ideas of their own that work for them. I
would NEVER go into a class without some ideas.
I have some books with alot of quick and easy ideas for subs. I am
talking about Elementary children. Try these:
Show Stoppers- Gene Baer
Imaginative Art Lessons for Kids and Their Teachers- Gene Baer

A few months ago ideas were exchanged about what to put in children's
art notebooks. Some of these ideas would work for a sub also.
Do you get Arts and Activities Magazine? Sometimes they have handout
sheets in them that would be great for a sub. School Arts Magazine also
has alot of ideas that would probably work for you.
One book that I loved when I first started teaching Elementary Art in
1970 was called "The New Discovery Technique for Art Instruction: An
Innovative Handbook for the Elementary Teacher" written by Billie M.
Phillips and Virginia Suggs Brown. The elements are taught very easy to
children with great projects that you could do as a sub. The publisher
is Parker Publishing Company,Inc., West Nyack, New York. You will find
ideas on the Primary and Secondary Colors, Warm and cool colors, Value
and Intensity, Line Experiments,Pattern in Repetition, Shapes around
you,etc.
Good Luck!! Sandy Poos
Cahokia Dist.#187
Cahokia, Ill.