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Re: "keeping entertained"-year round

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From: Donald C. Arcement (arcement_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 14 2002 - 20:00:22 PDT


Teresa, I'm curious. What is a mandala? It sounds familiar... it sounds
Spanish. Is it a musical instrument?

Thanks, Idus

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From: <Tsheffey@aol.com>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet@lists.getty.edu>
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: "keeping entertained"-year round

> Jayna and others,
> I think what we see here is the fact that teaching art is sooooo different
> depending on whether it is Elementary, Middle, or High school. Attention
> spans for the students are so different from the little ones to the bigger
> ones. Also, classes have different feels depending on their length of
time,
> and sometimes depending on the socioeconomic group. Some are geared toward
> college....some are getting by. I taught middle school for 2 years and I
did
> not have a minute to sit down. It was in a school near the border with
large
> classes and many students who did not speak English. Therefore, I chose to
go
> back to high school It was the difference between day and night for me. I
> admire Elementary and Middle School teachers!!!! And any of you who have
any
> time are WONDERFUL managers and teachers. I know that for sure. I have
found
> that at the high school level, the students enjoy feeling a sense of
freedom
> of choice and like to work on their own. The fact that a high school
teacher
> can work on their own work, in my opinion, says that they have provided a
> nurturing environment where the students know that they are in there to
work.
> Everything must be organized and the lessons must be challenging as Jayna
has
> said her room is. Jayna, I think being able to do your own work says that
you
> are a good teacher. A teacher is definitely not doing their own work if
the
> students are not on task and well behaved. But no matter how good the
> teacher, each class is different also. So, some of us can entertain
> ourselves, others cannot. Neither says that the teacher is not doing their
> jobs. Our jobs are sooooo different.
> I am hoping to do some of my own work this year as I go into a high school
> situation at a different school which has block scheduling. I have always
> felt that it is good for the students to watch us work so they can see the
> process involved. I purchased the book, Mandalas and am dying to start
making
> some of my own. Wish me luck!!
> Teresa in El Paso
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