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Last Call--long

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ejb35_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Jul 06 2001 - 14:48:52 PDT


Apologise for being a "lurker" but a devoted one. Enjoyed the list and
benefitted from it. Reason for long silence and just lurking...

New job!

First things first

E. Jane Beckwith
528 Tenth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

ejb35@columbia.edu

I have taught in middle school, Brooklyn, the last two years. I have
been working on a doctorate in Art Education at Columbia U. Teachers
College for five years, and am on the College Teaching of Art track.
So, at the same time I have been teaching as an adjunct lecturer in
English, Business (Marketing), and Graphic Design at St. Joseph's
College. All those fields represent past lives!!! But I have taken a
full time job with this college. It is a small liberal arts college,
and the art department is a "service" department with core course
offerings in Art History and electives in studio. So it is a
one-person department. I am excited to be full circled. At Pratt
Institute, 30 some years ago, our professors noted that we of the baby
boom faced a baby bust. Told us we probably wouldn't get the College
jobs our MFAs prepared us for. Never discouraged, I adjuncted for 30
years and did other things (see past lives) so finally I am getting
the job I prepared for at 25! Now 50 something but happy, all the
same. At present, I am teaching little children, K-5 at the summer
school in my Board of Ed district. I am keeping my NYC teaching
license current and plan to work with my old middle school next year
on special projects. I would miss the kids and the school too much.
Also, what led me back to the public school classroom after three
decades was an article I read noting that most Art Ed. D candidates
had not been in the classroom for a decade or more. I certainly had
not been...Yikes!! three decades! So back to school I went for a
refresher course in how the school art room looks today, how art
teaching and learning are perceived, what new challenges there are
(see standards, DBAE, multiple intelligences, inclusion, etc. etc.) I
chose a tough school in a tough district and what some say is the
toughest age group (middle school). I have learned a LOT, and have
come out the other side humble and grateful and in awe of what it
takes to be a great teacher, or even just a passing fair one, these
days. You know, when I was in college back in the 60s, we girls would
say, "Oh well, I can always fall back on teaching." Imagine. Fall back
on the "toughest job you will ever love." Sorry for the long post. I
just wanted to keep in touch and thank you all. I will be more
involved come Fall and after I settle in at St. Joseph's. Meanwhile I
will lurk. Thanks, Jane in Bro

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