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Re: what art teachers need to know

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Michelle H. Harrell (mmhar)
Sun, 03 Jan 1999 14:33:48 PST

Being a recent graduate (May '97) and a second year teacher, I feel that
I have tons to share with new art teachers that I would have loved to
known. I feel I was lucky to have a great pre-service program at ECU.
I even had to go through the process of ordering supplies for an
imaginary classroom sticking to a budget (that was great experience
because I had to find the catalogs). I wrote awesome lessons ...but, I
still feel like there was a lot missing.

Classroom management concerning behavior is still my biggest weakness.
It was not taught in any course. I learned through student teaching at
an elementary school and high school but I'm teaching middle school and
it's a whole different ball game. I was totally unaware and unprepared
for the difference. Yes, it was stressed to be consistent, fair, blah
blah blah, but there's a big difference between the discipline between
these age levels.

And yes, like many others have said, I feel that classroom organization
should be taught to some degree. So many new art teachers all say that
this is a major problem because they are often replacing an art teacher
or substitute who let the room go "free" for a couple of years. I
learned more from substituting for other art teachers than I could ever
imagine. As you can tell from my on-line questions, I'm still learning.
It just takes time.

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