Kimberly, I'm sure you will enjoy your new job. I went from Public to a private Christian school and back to public. I taught the same elements and principles of art but each lesson was based on a bible verse or story at the lower grades. At the higher grades I incorporated biblical values and philosophy. One of my favorite lessons was At 8th grade. Each child took a favorite bible character or one they could relate to. They then wrote an essay regarding how they can relate to that person and then we did 8X12 clay shadow boxes with symbols of that person. We discussed clay terms and design issues. They were beautiful and insightful. Regarding discipline, I found the kids needed just as much discipline as Public school kids, just different kinds of problems. Parents, teachers, and administration were more supporting and it was wonderful starting each day in prayer. God bless
From: Kimberly Hutts [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 3:04 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Teaching art in a Catholic school
I recently accepted a position to teach art at a
Catholic school starting next year. However, having
only just finished my first year in the profession, I
have very little knowledge about how different this
will be from teaching in a public school. I know that
the pay isn't as good and that the rules about
religion in the classroom are different, but what else
should I expect? I also know very little about the
Catholic religion. I am planning to do a little
research on that before school starts. What I am
really looking forward to is fewer discipline
problems. My first year was pretty tough. I would
greatly appreciate any help that you could offer.
Thanks in advance.
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