1) I want them to know what the state standards are (not word for word,
2) I want them to know the key components of planning a successful
lesson and be able to plan something out before they try to teach it.
3) I'd like to see them with a solid background in art history and some
knowledge of K-12 level art materials.
4) I want them to understand that they need to respect their cooperating
teachers wishes with regard to use of his/her room and art materials;
and their students' feelings and levels of ability (meaning they can't
expect to come in with real high expectations and fail everyone who
doesn't meet them - it would be much more desireable to revise a
difficult lesson and redesign it so students will be successful). They
should have some understanding of how to deal with students at risk,
students with special needs (including gifted children), and multiple
intelligences and learning styles.
5) I would like them to be skillful in using the language properly both
in spoken and written form, and be computer literate (and willing to
integrate technology when appropriate).
Oops! 6) Finally, they need to know that teachers do more during a day
in their classrooms than just "teach" (such as maintaining a room/cart
and supplies, administrative duties, counseling, coaching, organizing,
displaying, writing, interacting with colleagues, etc.).
Now some of these things should have been accomplished prior to
pre-service training, and many should be the responsibility of the
cooperating teacher to reinforce, but ideally, I believe this is how
pre-service teachers should be prepared.
-- Sandra Hildreth Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617