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Having been an elementary art specialist for quite a few years before teaching
at the college level, I have some ideas about what I would like these
preservice students to know to be prepared for the classroom, but I would also
tremendously value your comments. I want this course to go beyond the
boundaries of art education theory so that these students are more prepared
for the realities of teaching and job interviewing.
I am not asking for a long essay. A "Top 5 List" is sufficient (although,
please feel free to elaborate).
My question for those of you who are new to the field of art teaching: What is
it that you would have liked to have known or been better prepared for when
you had your student teaching experience? That is, what do you feel was
overlooked in your preservice training?
My question for those of you who have supervised preservice students in your
classroom: What do you want student teachers to know when they walk into your
classroom? Or, where do think that preservice training falls short?
My question to district art supervisors or administrators: What do you want
novice art teachers to be able to discuss in a job interview? What evidence
of classroom success or potential classroom success would you like to see?
Thanks to all who take a moment to respond.
Regards from Texas,
Project Coordinator and Mentor
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 305100
Denton, Texas 76203-5100